To supply air to (soil, for example) in order to improve its quality.
From latin aer (air) + -ate (verb-forming suffix).
- The farmer aerated the soil before planting the seeds.
- Aerating the lawn will help the grass grow better.
- The compost pile needed to be aerated to allow oxygen to reach the microorganisms.
- Aerating the wine allowed it to open up and release its full bouquet.
- The fish tank needed to be aerated to ensure the fish had enough oxygen.