[eə] noun I
1) [U] the mixture of gases that we breathe
She breathed in the cold air.[/ex]
I'd like to open the window – I need some air.[/ex]
2) the air
[singular] the space around things and above the ground
They threw their hats up into the air.[/ex]
birds flying through the air[/ex]
3) [singular] a feeling or attitude
She spoke with her usual air of authority.[/ex]
4) airs
[plural] the false behaviour of someone who is trying to impress other people
My friends are people I trust, and I don't have to put on airs with them.[/ex]
by air — travelling in a plane[/ex]
sth is in the air — used for saying that people all have a similar feeling, especially a feeling that something exciting or new is happening[/ex]
Spring is in the air.[/ex]
off air; off the air — no longer broadcasting on radio or television[/ex]
on air; on the air — on radio or television[/ex]
up in the air — if a plan is up in the air, you have not yet decided what will happen[/ex]
clear II,
fresh air,
open air
air [eə]
1) [T] to publicly make a complaint or state your opinion
In an interview, the singer aired his views on family life.[/ex]
2) [T] to broadcast something on radio or television
The show was first aired in 1978.[/ex]
3) [I/T] if you air a place or piece of clothing, or if they air, you let fresh air pass through them until they smell clean and fresh

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