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aerate

[air-eyt, ey-uh-reyt] /ˈɛər eɪt, ˈeɪ əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), aerated, aerating.
1.
to expose to the action or effect of air or to cause air to circulate through:
to aerate milk in order to remove odors.
2.
to change or treat with air or a gas, especially with carbon dioxide.
3.
Physiology. to expose (a medium or tissue) to air, as in the oxygenation of the blood in respiration.
Origin of aerate
1785-1795
1785-95; < Latin āer- aer- + -ate1
Related forms
aeration, noun
nonaerated, adjective
nonaerating, adjective
subaerate, verb (used with object), subaerated, subaerating.
subaeration, noun
unaerated, adjective
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  • You can aerate his house, not only with air, but with ideas.

    Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells
  • Shake well after the final sterilisation, to aerate the medium.

  • They only absorb air to supply the tracheæ, which aerate the blood only within the general cavity of the body.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The object of this arrangement is to break up and aerate the stored grain.

  • One of the professional "touches" was to aerate the milk, after mixing, by pouring it from jug to jug.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • He smiled, and I went forward to where Mr Preddle was making himself very hot by using the bellows to aerate the water.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • They hung out their washings where machine-gun bullets could aerate them.

    Young Hilda at the Wars Arthur Gleason
  • During life they are filled with air, and they serve to aerate the blood circulating in the interior of the appendage.

    The Life of Crustacea William Thomas Calman
  • Another method where fresh water is not available, as on a long drive, is to aerate it by pouring from one pail to another.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for aerate

aerate

/ˈɛəreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to charge (a liquid) with a gas, esp carbon dioxide, as in the manufacture of effervescent drink
2.
to expose to the action or circulation of the air, so as to purify
Derived Forms
aeration, noun
aerator, noun
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Word Origin and History for aerate
v.

1794, from Latin aer (genitive aeris; see air (n.1)) + verbal suffix -ate (2). Related: Aerated; aerating.

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aerate in Science
aerate
  (âr'āt)   
  1. To add a gas, such as carbon dioxide, to a liquid.

  2. To supply with oxygen. Blood is aerated in the alveoli of the lungs.

  3. To supply with air or expose to the circulation of air.


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