To aerate something is to put air into it. When a pastry chef whips cream, she aerates it, filling it with air until it's light and fluffy.

Gardeners sometimes aerate soil with special spikes, allowing air to penetrate the surface and helping lawns or plants get more oxygen. If you aerate water or juice, you carbonate it, resulting in a fizzy soda. Cooking, baking, aquarium maintenance, and chemistry are just some of the activities that occasionally require someone to aerate some material. In Latin, aer means "air."

Definitions of aerate
  1. verb
    impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen
    synonyms: oxygenate, oxygenise, oxygenize
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    type of:
    process, treat
    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  2. verb
    expose to fresh air
    aerate your old sneakers”
    synonyms: air, air out
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    type of:
    expose or make accessible to some action or influence
  3. verb
    aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter
    synonyms: activate
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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