Etymology
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aerate (v.)

"cause to mix with carbonic acid or other gas," 1794 (implied in aerated), from aer/aër (used in old science for specific kinds of air, a sense later given to gas (n.1)), from Latin aer (see air (n.1)) + verbal suffix -ate (2). The meaning "expose to air" is from 1799, probably a back-formation from aeration. Related: Aerating.

updated on September 15, 2022

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