- to expose to the action or effect of air or to cause air to circulate through: to aerate milk in order to remove odors.
- to change or treat with air or a gas, especially with carbon dioxide.
- Physiology. to expose (a medium or tissue) to air as in the oxygenation of the blood in respiration.
Origin of aerate
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Examples from the Web for aerate
For 45 minutes, I get to aerate my brain, turn the world upside down, revel in music, poetry, humor.My Teacher Who Brought Magic to Room 205
Susan Jane Gilman
July 20, 2009
Shake well after the final sterilisation, to aerate the medium.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
They hung out their washings where machine-gun bullets could aerate them.Young Hilda at the Wars
You can aerate his house, not only with air, but with ideas.Mankind in the Making
H. G. Wells
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.
- to charge (a liquid) with a gas, esp carbon dioxide, as in the manufacture of effervescent drink
- to expose to the action or circulation of the air, so as to purify
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Word Origin and History for aerate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To add a gas, such as carbon dioxide, to a liquid.
- To supply with oxygen. Blood is aerated in the alveoli of the lungs.
- To supply with air or expose to the circulation of air.
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