aerate

[ air-eyt, ey-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈɛər eɪt, ˈeɪ əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), aer·at·ed, aer·at·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. aequorin,
  2. aer-,
  3. aeraria,
  4. aerarian,
  5. aerarium,
  6. aerated,
  7. aeration,
  8. aerator,
  9. aere perennius,
  10. aerenchyma

Origin of aerate

1785–95; < Latin āer- aer- + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for aerate

aerate

/ (ˈɛəreɪt) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsaeration, nounaerator, noun

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Word Origin and History for aerate

aerate

v.

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

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Science definitions for aerate

aerate

[ ârāt ]

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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