express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces.
expressed her feelings in music
vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words.
a tirade venting his frustration
utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech.
utter a groan
voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words.
an editorial voicing their concerns
broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion.
broached the subject of a divorce
air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention.
publicly airing their differences
Examples of air in a Sentence
These laws are meant to produce cleaner air.
A delicious smell filled the air.
I like to dine outdoors in the open air.
He can't breathe! Everybody move back and give him some air!
High in the mountains the air is thin and it can be hard to breathe.
He pumped air into the bicycle tire.
The city is wonderful seen from the air.
the fish of the sea and the birds of the air
The balloon rose up into the air and then floated through the air.
There has been heavy fighting on the ground and in the air. Verb
The blankets were left outside to air.
She opened the windows to air the room.
The company had a meeting so that employees could air their complaints.
The interview will be aired tomorrow.
The interview will air tomorrow. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Just like the unlikely harmony of peanut butter and chocolate, there's a mysterious magic to the blow dryer/air purifier combo that proves Shark knows something the rest of us don't.—Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 27 Nov. 2023 As the lights fell at the start of the show, the packed audience brimmed with expectation and the air rang with cheers.—Billboard Japan, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 The fists pumped in the air for Morgan Wallen’s anthems?—Jem Aswad, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 In Israel’s responding air and ground attacks on Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, more than 13,000 people have been reported killed.—Aaron Boxerman, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2023 Her dancers follow from the ground like apostles, and the crowd takes in the entire spectacle with an air of awe.—Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Nov. 2023 The Philippines and Australia began their first joint sea and air patrols in the sea on Saturday, days after Beijing accused Manila of enlisting foreign forces to patrol the South China Sea, referring to joint patrols by the Philippine and U.S. militaries.—Reuters, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2023 The friendly and accessible spice in the rum is made juicy by the orange liqueur and sweetly accented by the cinnamon sugar rim, lovely for the early Holiday season when winter is still just a crackle in the air and a kiss of sweet spice is a perfect way to spend an evening.—Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 25 Nov. 2023 Inflammation and irritation: Your nose can become inflamed or irritated (a reaction that’s medically known as rhinitis) because of allergies, infections, and poor air quality, Dr. Husain says.—Beth Krietsch, SELF, 15 Nov. 2023
The 24th annual show will also air on cable channel TNT at 7:30 p.m. in Mexico, 8:30 p.m. in Panama and Colombia, 9:30 p.m. in Venezuela and 10:30 p.m. in Argentina and Chile.—Caroline Brew, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy return as judges for the latest season, which airs Wednesdays on Fox at 8 p.m.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 16 Nov. 2023 Yellowstone, earlier this month, had set a premiere date of November 2024 for the second half of its fifth and final season, which last aired its midseason finale Jan. 6, 2023, and will usher in the end of the series.—Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 That rendition premieres exclusively here below, ahead of the full episode’s debut airing on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.—Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 16 Nov. 2023 But the following year, the special aired on HBO Max, and Schwimmer gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the cast’s preparation.—Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 After the filming, but before the segment aired, Dr. Youn returned home to Detroit, a rookie surgeon launching a fledgling practice.—Jolene Edgar, Allure, 15 Nov. 2023 The young, vibrant Kennedy was the first president to embrace television, welcoming cameras into news conferences and the White House, where the glamorous first lady gave a live tour in 1962 that aired on CBS, NBC and ABC.—Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Most of the shows that were part of the network’s primetime lineup were supposed to air beginning in September and are now expected to run for shorter 10 to 13 episode seasons, according to Variety.—Ana Faguy, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin aer, from Greek aēr air
: a mixture of invisible odorless tasteless sound-transmitting gases that is composed by volume chiefly of 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen, 0.9 percent argon, 0.03 percent carbon dioxide, varying amounts of water vapor, and minute amounts of rare gases (as helium), that surrounds the earth with half its mass within four miles of the earth's surface, that has a pressure at sea level of about 14.7 pounds per square inch, and that has a density of 1.293 grams per liter at 0°C and 760 mm pressure