Definition of aerate in English:

aerate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Introduce air into (a material):

    ‘aerate the lawn using a garden fork’
    • ‘You can reduce this ground compaction and add air to the soil by aerating your entire lawn.’
    • ‘Fountains play at either end of the main pool, aerating the water.’
    • ‘The winter freezing and thawing will naturally aerate the soil.’
    • ‘A layer of organic mulch on the surface continually adds soil-building humus, while feeding earthworms that tunnel to aerate the soil.’
    • ‘A whisk is the best tool for combining the liquid with the flour-butter mixture - it aerates the sauce as well as blends it.’
    • ‘He concentrated on feeding the bacteria, which aerate the earth and decompose organic matter.’
    • ‘This patient, a young woman, had obtained her nitrous oxide from cartridges of nitrous oxide used to aerate cream.’
    • ‘He must be aerating the soil, the blessed man.’
    • ‘They aerate the soil and leave nutrient-rich waste.’
    • ‘And the drainage pipes aerate the soil nicely - especially the soil used to cover the pipes.’
    • ‘To feed the microbes, plants must aerate sewage sludge with costly, power-hogging equipment.’
    • ‘We've put pumps in to aerate the water and feed back oxygen into the dam for the fish to survive.’
    • ‘For this reason, it is important to stir and aerate stored grain.’
    • ‘Cultivate 2 inches deep 7 days after treatment to aerate the soil.’
    • ‘Can evolution explain the earthworm's activities of loosening, stirring up and aerating the soil to make it more fertile?’
    • ‘Earthworms would now plow the pastures and aerate the soil.’
    • ‘This is useful to control weeds and aerate the soil, which helps deter seedling diseases.’
    • ‘There are a range of options to aerate soil, depending on the size of your garden.’
    • ‘If you want a more ‘advanced’ tasting, clench your teeth and suck in some air to help aerate the wine.’
    • ‘You also may need to aerate the water so the water organisms' oxygen needs are met.’
    inflate, blow up
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Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin aer air + -ate, influenced by French aérer.

Pronunciation:

aerate

/ˈɛːreɪt/