aerate

[air-eyt, ey-uh-reyt]
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:
1785–95; < Latin āer- aer- + -ate1

aeration, noun
nonaerated, adjective
nonaerating, adjective
subaerate, verb (used with object), subaerated, subaerating.
subaeration, noun
unaerated, adjective
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aerate (ˈɛəreɪt)
 
vb
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
 
aer'ation
 
n
 
'aerator
 
n

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aerate
1794, from L. ær (gen. æris) "air," from Gk. aer (see air (1)) + verbal suffix -ate (2).
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aerate   (âr'āt)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
Traditional wastewater treatment involves forcing air through the water to
  aerate it.
To feed the microbes, plants must aerate sewage sludge with costly,
  power-hogging equipment.
It's used to aerate red wines to quickly improve its character.
Their task was to aerate the water and make sure their cargos arrived in sound
  condition.
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