aerate

verb aer·ate \ ˈer-ˌāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of aerate

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 2
b : to make light or sparkling

aeration

play \ˌa(-ə)r-ˈā-shən, ˌe(-ə)r-\ noun

Examples of aerate in a Sentence

  1. You should aerate the soil before planting the seeds.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of aerate

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

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AERATE Defined for English Language Learners

aerate

verb

Definition of aerate for English Language Learners

  • : to put air or a gas into (something, such as soil or a liquid)


AERATE Defined for Kids

aerate

verb aer·ate \ ˈer-ˌāt \

Definition of aerate for Students

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

aerator

\-ˌā-tər\ noun

Medical Dictionary

aerate

transitive verb aer·ate \ ˈa(-ə)r-ˌāt, ˈe(-ə)r- \

medical Definition of aerate

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

aeration

play \ˌa(-ə)r-ˈā-shən, ˌe(-ə)r-\ noun


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