Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
aerate

aer·ate

aerate

 
 
pronunciation:
eI reIt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: aerated, aerates, aerating
definition 1: to expose to the circulation or chemical action of air in order to ventilate or cleanse.
The lungs aerate the blood.
similar words:
activate, air
definition 2: to supply (the blood) with oxygen by respiration.
definition 3: to fill or charge (a liquid) with a gas, esp. carbon dioxide.
derivation: aeration (n.)
Word Parts
The word aerate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).