air


air
air verb.
Meanings to do with exposing to the air in various senses date from the time of Shakespeare, and the now familiar use with opinions, grievances, etc. as objects date from the late 19c. The meaning ‘to broadcast’ (first recorded in the mid-20c) draws on the sense of the noun ‘a medium for transmission of radio waves’; this originated in AmE

• (It aired a heartwarming TV commercial on the importance of savings institutions —Wall Street Journal, 1989)

and has become common also in BrE in transitive and intransitive uses

• (The obligation to keep records of all programmes aired —Economist, 1981

• the controversial docudrama Bloody Sunday, which caused a storm when it aired on British TV last year —film review, BrE 2004 [OEC]).


Modern English usage. 2014.

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