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 for aerate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aerate \A"["e]r*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. A["e]rated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. A["e]rating.] [Cf. F. a['e]rer. See Air, v. t.]
     1. To combine or charge with gas; usually with carbonic acid
        gas, formerly called fixed air.
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              His sparkling sallies bubbled up as from a["e]rated
              natural fountains.                    --Carlyle.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To supply or impregnate with common air; as, to a["e]rate
        soil; to a["e]rate water.
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     3. (Physiol.) To expose to the chemical action of air; to
        oxygenate (the blood) by respiration; to arterialize.
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     4. cause a change by passing air through (of sewage)
  
     Syn: activate
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     A["e]rated bread, bread raised by charging dough with
        carbonic acid gas, instead of generating the gas in the
        dough by fermentation.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  aerate
      v 1: expose to fresh air; "aerate your old sneakers" [syn: air
           out, air, aerate]
      2: aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that
         decompose organic matter [syn: activate, aerate]
      3: impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen; "oxygenate blood"
         [syn: oxygenate, oxygenize, oxygenise, aerate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "aerate":
     aerify, air, air out, air-condition, air-cool, airify, atomize,
     beat, carbonate, chlorinate, cream, cross-ventilate, distill, emit,
     etherify, etherize, evaporate, exhale, fan, fluidize, foam,
     fractionate, freshen, froth, fume, fumigate, gasify, give off,
     hydrogenate, lather, mantle, oxygenate, oxygenize, perfume, reek,
     refresh, scum, send out, smoke, spray, spume, steam, sublimate,
     sublime, sud, suds, vaporize, ventilate, volatilize, whip, whisk,
     wind, winnow
  
  

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