Definition of aerate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    aerate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈeəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈereɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they aerate
    BrE BrE//ˈeəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈereɪt//
     
    he / she / it aerates
    BrE BrE//ˈeəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈereɪts//
     
    past simple aerated
    BrE BrE//ˈeəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈereɪtɪd//
     
    past participle aerated
    BrE BrE//ˈeəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈereɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form aerating
    BrE BrE//ˈeəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈereɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1aerate something to make it possible for air to become mixed with soil, water, etc. Earthworms do the important job of aerating the soil.
  2. 2aerate something to add a gas, especially carbon dioxide, to a liquid under pressure aerated water
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent.: from Latin aer ‘air’ + -ate, influenced by French aérer.
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