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



    BrE BrE//eə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//er//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they air
    BrE BrE//eə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//er//
    he / she / it airs
    BrE BrE//eəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//erz//
    past simple aired
    BrE BrE//eəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//erd//
    past participle aired
    BrE BrE//eəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//erd//
    -ing form airing
    BrE BrE//ˈeərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈerɪŋ//
    Producing TV shows, Radio broadcasting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] air (something) to put clothing, etc. in a place that is warm or has plenty of air so that it dries completely and smells fresh; to be left to dry somewhere Air the sheets well. Leave the towels out to air.
  2. a room
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] air (something) (British English) (North American English air (something) out) to allow fresh air into a room or a building; to be filled with fresh air The rooms had all been cleaned and aired. Leave the window open to air the room.
  4. opinions
  5. 3[transitive] air something to express your opinions publicly synonym voice The weekly meeting enables employees to air their grievances. The issues were openly aired and discussed by the group.
  6. radio/TV programme
  7. 4[transitive, intransitive] air (something) to broadcast a programme on the radio or on television; to be broadcast The show will be aired next Tuesday night. The program aired last week. Wordfinderair, announce, bulletin, jingle, phone-in, podcast, programme, public service broadcasting, radio, station See related entries: Producing TV shows, Radio broadcasting
  8. Word OriginMiddle English (in senses (1-3) of noun): from Old French air, from Latin aer, from Greek aēr, denoting the gas. Senses 4 and 6 () of the noun are from French air, probably from Old French aire ‘site, disposition’, from Latin ager, agr- ‘field’ (influenced by senses 1-3). Sense (5) of the noun comes from Italian aria, from Latin aer ‘air’. Phrasal Verbsair out
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