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verb     air pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleairing
past tenseaired
past participleaired
  1. 1
    [transitive] to say in public what your opinions or complaints about something are

    In an interview, the singer aired his views on family life.

    We hold meetings where residentsproblems can be aired.

    air your grievances (=complain):

    Employees should be given the opportunity to air their grievances.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to broadcast something on radio or television

    Many viewers were shocked when the TV news aired graphic footage of the war.

    The show was first aired in 2001.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if you air a place or it airs, you open the doors and windows to let fresh air in
    1. a.
      if you air clothes, sheets etc or they air, you put them in warm or moving air until they are completely dry and smell clean


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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