- 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 aerated
If water is impure, it must be boiled and then aerated before it is drunk.
Every particle of food must be aerated in the lungs before it can be assimilated.The Arena
They are not true gills, however, as the blood is not aerated in them.Our Common Insects
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What she wanted from him came out over their aerated sherbet pie.A Fine Fix
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Old nurse had gone out to get a lettuce and an aerated loaf for tea.Oswald Bastable and Others
- the past tense and past participle of aerate
- informal angry or agitated
- 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 aerated
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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