air·​ing | \ ˈer-iŋ How to pronounce airing (audio) \

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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The skirts of my suits get an airing only for serious lunches, board meetings, and public speaking. Vogue, "Read the Funny, Fearless Judith Krantz on Dressing at 70 in Vogue," 24 June 2019 The publication adds that the first airing is set to happen in July during the Keepsake Christmas campaign, which marks the halfway point to December 25. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark Just Announced It Will Air a Record-Breaking 40 New Christmas Movies This Year," 4 Apr. 2019 The King hasn’t performed live in seven years and is attempting a comeback through a Christmas special airing on NBC. Lila Seidman,, "‘Elvis ’68,’ opening Friday in Glendale, brings audience inside Presley’s big comeback," 27 June 2019 Crowder is the host of Louder With Crowder, a political commentary show airing on Blaze TV, a conservative broadcasting network with cable, satellite, and streaming assets that hosts talking heads like Glenn Beck and Ben Shapiro. Aja Romano, Vox, "YouTube may allow hate speech if it’s part of a larger argument. Yikes.," 6 June 2019 This is a re-airing of the special that originally premiered June 23). Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "10 moon-landing TV specials you’ll want to see," 5 July 2019 Tuesday’s hearing was the first open airing of concerns by the Oversight Commitee. Ashley Halsey Iii, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of TSA workers being diverted from airports to southern border," 25 June 2019 Tuesday’s hearing was the first open airing of concerns by the Oversight Committee. Washington Post, "TSA says hundreds of its workers being diverted from airports to southern border," 25 June 2019 And the voters of Contra Costa deserve a public airing of the case against him — as quickly as possible. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Borenstein: Stop legal stalling on Contra Costa assessor’s trial," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of airing

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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