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

Definition of aerate

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
3a British : carbonate sense 2
b : to make light or sparkling

Other Words from aerate

aeration \ ˌer-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce aerate (audio) \ 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 These worms also help to aerate the ground for the plants and their roots. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 26 July 2022 Ants also aerate the soil, allowing water and oxygen to reach plant roots. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2022 In Colorado, Lani Malmberg and her son Donny Benz manage a herd of about 1,200 goats and have traveled to 17 states to create firebreaks, remove brush and noxious plants, and aerate the soil. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 To release the spice and smoke, aerate for at least 30 minutes. Lela London, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The leaves will decompose faster if shredded and turned every month or so to aerate the pile, but that is too much work for me. Tim Johnson,, 5 Feb. 2022 Their digging helps aerate and enrich soil, Dr. Maher said, and many other creatures use their burrows. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 Txakoli is an acidic, low-alcohol and sometimes fizzy white wine that is usually poured from a bottle held high—like mint tea poured from a pot in a Morocco—to aerate the juice. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Sift in the cocoa powder and baking soda, then whisk the dry ingredients together to aerate and combine. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of aerate

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerate

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

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More Definitions for aerate


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

Kids Definition of aerate

1 : to supply or cause to be filled with air aerate the soil
2 : to supply (blood) with oxygen by breathing

Other Words from aerate

aerator \ -​ˌā-​tər \ noun


transitive verb
aer·​ate | \ ˈa(-ə)r-ˌāt, ˈe(-ə)r- How to pronounce aerate (audio) \
aerated; aerating

Medical Definition of aerate

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

Other Words from aerate

aeration \ ˌa(-​ə)r-​ˈā-​shən, ˌe(-​ə)r-​ How to pronounce aerate (audio) \ noun

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