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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This weekend's airing on ABC came with a few digital extras, including a video of Julie Andrews recreating her character Maria's iconic walk down the aisle to marry Captain Georg von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Watch Julie Andrews Recreate the Iconic Wedding Scene From The Sound of Music," 17 Dec. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Mr. Trump’s rally remarks about Mr. Bredesen and Ms. Blackburn take up the entire 30 seconds of a Senate Leadership Fund ad airing to help her. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Republicans Pin Hopes on Trump Rallies," 1 Nov. 2018 Before the show, hosted by Saturday Night Live comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che, there will be a red carpet special airing on NBC starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Watch and Stream the 2018 Emmys Without Any Hassle," 16 Sep. 2018 In the wake of the airing of his exit from Paradise, Leo has taken his volatile behavior to social media, suggesting violence in response to his critics, and allegedly sending a threatening DM to a former Bachelor contestant. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Bachelor in Paradise," 29 Aug. 2018 The show’s one-hour premiere—which will air on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney XD, on October 7th—kicks off at the start of Xiono’s mission to spy on the First Order on a planet full of new aliens. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Watch the first trailer for Star Wars Resistance," 17 Aug. 2018 Customers will even get a sneak-peek of some Shark Week content ahead of its July 22-29 airing on the Discovery Channel. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Southwest rolls out five shark-themed Boeing 737s for Shark Week," 9 July 2018 The red coat from Fall 2013 will be getting a new airing this Christmas. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tom Ford’s Gucci and 1980s BodyMap: These Are the 16 Collections We’d Like to See Reissued Now," 27 Dec. 2018 Drew is marrying fiancé Linda Phan this May. After Drew popped the question to Linda Phan in December 2016, the two plan to tie the knot in May 2018, with a TLC special airing in June. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "25 Things You Didn't Know About the Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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