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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Always aerate your system adequately especially when keeping Marines.
▪ As they do best if the water is aerated only half fill the aquarium.
▪ As well as scarifying to clear out thatch, we aerate to let air into the turf and release surface water.
▪ It is then shaken out with fork or machine to aerate the hay and allow the wind to pass through it.
▪ There is a fountain to aerate the pond as well as plants.
▪ This turn is followed immediately by tedder or hay forks and the swathes fluffed up and aerated.
▪ To help minimise problems a ball airstone powered by a Hoffman pump has been introduced to aerate the water.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Aerate \A"["e]r*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. A["e]rated; p. pr. & vb. n. A["e]rating.] [Cf. F. a['e]rer. See Air, v. t.]

  1. To combine or charge with gas; usually with carbonic acid gas, formerly called fixed air.

    His sparkling sallies bubbled up as from a["e]rated natural fountains.

  2. To supply or impregnate with common air; as, to a["e]rate soil; to a["e]rate water.

  3. (Physiol.) To expose to the chemical action of air; to oxygenate (the blood) by respiration; to arterialize.

  4. cause a change by passing air through (of sewage)

    Syn: activate

    A["e]rated bread, bread raised by charging dough with carbonic acid gas, instead of generating the gas in the dough by fermentation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


vb. To supply oxygen or air.

  1. v. expose to fresh air; "aerate your old sneakers" [syn: air out, air]

  2. aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter [syn: activate]

  3. impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen; "oxygenate blood" [syn: oxygenate, oxygenize, oxygenise]


Usage examples of "aerate".

My mother bought a brick cottage in Pulteney street and a Burra share with her legacy--both excellent investments--and my brother left the bank and went into the aerated water business with James Hamilton Parr.

Count Bunker, arrayed in a becoming suit of knickerbockers, and looking as fresh as if he had feasted last night on aerated water, who sat down to consume it.

But the spell breaks, the cut is plunged into the aerated stream of her Puraflo faucet, the finger wrapped in a floral blue paper towel.

The flow from tens of millions of toilets coursed through settling and aerating paddies the size of large farms.

Hackney cars, cabs, delivery waggons, mailvans, private broughams, aerated mineral water floats with rattling crates of bottles, rattled, rolled, horsedrawn, rapidly.

Assume it, and it follows that if all the blood in a man could be aerated with one breath, he might then seal up his nostrils and not fetch another for a considerable time.

These underground tillers or soil factories, as they have been called, also break up and aerate the soil.

Vickson had known that the robot doctor in the control room would do the only thing possible to save his life while under full acceleration: by-pass his heart with a mechanical heart, and put it in conjunction with a mechanical lung that frothed and aerated his blood.

So the sheriff stopped and shot twice more, aerating the dump but not the bird.

To keep the moat water from freezing, Sukie had ordered the installation of aerating pumps.

We talked about it, you let something slip, he called here, I got tired of playing the game of I-know-nothing-and-everything's cool, whatever it was, I found out, and you laid all that crapola on me about how you were only nineteen and you needed to fly, to discover yourself, that it was the first relationship you'd ever had with someone who had a steady job, an occupation, a fully-established life that needed aerating and fertilizing and watering, and you were too young to handle responsibility for someone else's love and life, and I understood all that shit, but you want to know what I thought of?

It aerates rather quickly, but it rides the jasmine and doesn't sink completely into it.

Yet the theme was good, and timely, and heartfelt, and White preserves an awareness of persons and aerates the dialectics with traits of character and colloquial asides.

Was the man who came out of the Aerated Bread Shop and jumped into the hansom three minutes ago a youngish-looking man with dark whiskers and spectacles?

I got a cup of tea at the Aerated Bread Company and came down to Purfleet by the next train.