air·​ing | \ˈer-iŋ \

Definition of airing 

1 : exposure to air or heat for drying or freshening give the room an airing

2 : exposure to or exercise in the open air especially to promote health or fitness

3 : exposure to public view or notice

4 : a radio or television broadcast

Examples of airing in a Sentence

A full airing of the issue is scheduled.

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He was named one of the best junior ventriloquists in the country around the time of the story's airing. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Vintage Dallas video shows Bill O'Reilly and Jeff Dunham before they were famous," 11 June 2018 With the season finale of the show airing today, synced up with Danler (who also created and executive produced the show) and Purnell to discuss the first season. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Stephanie Danler and Ella Purnell Talk 'Sweetbitter' and Strange Female Friendships," 10 June 2018 After the 2008 financial crisis, the idea gained traction among campaigners in Iceland and the U.K. Next month’s Swiss referendum has given the idea of sovereign money its biggest public airing yet. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "A Vote to Upend Banking as We Know It," 1 June 2018 Yes, the Bachelorette filmed months before its present airing, but that doesn't mean the series can't edit its many narratives as more information comes to light., "Has The Real World Completely Ruined The Bachelorette Fantasy?," 19 June 2018 After the letter spread on social media, many in Colyton were inspired to undertake a collective airing of laundry., "British town rallies in defense of woman who hangs her laundry outside," 14 June 2018 The city has these challenges, and these are things that deserve a proper airing. Bill Ruthhart,, "Lightfoot launches Chicago mayoral bid against Emanuel, who appointed her to key policing posts," 10 May 2018 The resolution of the lawsuit without a trial likely means there will never be a full public airing of evidence in a case that had wide-ranging implications on the state’s criminal justice system — including the abolition of the death penalty. Jason Meisner,, "Settlement reached in wrongful conviction lawsuit against Northwestern and former professor," 1 June 2018 Iran can also trigger a dispute mechanism in the agreement, opening a maximum 45-day window for the airing of grievances and to seek a compromise. Washington Post, "World powers regret US pullout from Iran nuclear deal," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of airing

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of airing was in 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of airing

: an occurrence in which something (such as an idea) is made known to many people so that it can be discussed

: an occurrence in which a radio or television program is broadcast

: an occurrence in which fresh air is allowed to fill a place or to surround something

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