aerate

verb

aer·​ate ˈer-ˌāt How to pronounce aerate (audio)
aerated; aerating

transitive verb

1
: to supply or impregnate (something, such as the soil or a liquid) with air
2
: to supply (the blood) with oxygen by respiration
3
a
British : carbonate sense 2
b
: to make light or sparkling
aeration noun

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Faucet aerators and aerating showerheads can be easily installed by homeowners to cut water (and especially hot water) use by as much as 50%. A lawn aerator removes little plugs of soil in order to let air deep into the soil, greatly improving the quality of soil that may have gotten too compacted. And a pond aerator, such as a fountain, is a necessity for an ornamental pond with no stream feeding it, since oxygen in the water is necessary to prevent the growth of algae and allow fish to live.

Examples of aerate in a Sentence

You should aerate the soil before planting the seeds.
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, the decomposition of banana peels may attract beneficial worms that further aerate the soil and enhance its structure, facilitating easier root growth and nutrient absorption. Debbie Wolfe, Popular Science, 26 June 2024 Today, people leave horse milk to ferment in leather bags hung up in tents, and even punch them while walking by to aerate the liquid and keep the fermentation process going. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2024 These moth pupae overwinter in the soil, so tilling or aerating the soil with a garden fork prior to planting can help to expose them to predators (birds will appreciate the snack). Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 June 2024 Others, like burrowing owls, cohabitate in prairie-dog tunnels, the digging of which aerates the earth. Betsy Andrews, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 July 2023 See all Example Sentences for aerate 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin āerātus, past participle of āerārī "to combine with carbonic acid," derivative of Latin āer air entry 1

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aerate was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“Aerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerate. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

aerate

verb
aer·​ate ˈa(-ə)r-ˌāt How to pronounce aerate (audio)
ˈe(-ə)r-
aerated; aerating
1
: to expose to or supply or fill to the limit with air
aerate the soil
2
: to supply (blood) with oxygen by respiration
3
: to combine or fill with gas
aeration noun
aerator
ˈa(-ə)r-ˌāt-ər
ˈe(-ə)r-
noun

Medical Definition

aerate

transitive verb
aerated; aerating
1
: to supply (the blood) with oxygen by respiration
2
: to supply or impregnate (as a liquid) with air
3
British : carbonate sense 2

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