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American English: /ɛr/
British English: /ɛː/

Translation of air in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable open the window to let some air in
    abre la ventana para que entre un poco de aire
    I let the air out of his tires
    le desinflé los neumáticos
    let's go out to get some fresh air
    salgamos a tomar el fresco
    sea air
    aire de mar
    the air was thick with smoke
    la atmósfera estaba cargada de humo
    their shouts filled the air
    se oían sus gritos por todas partes
    all the birds of the air [literary]
    todas las aves del cielo [literary]
    to take to the air
    alzar or levantar el vuelo
    to rise into the air to go by air
    ir en avión
    to send something by air
    mandar or enviar algo por avión
    a change of air
    un cambio de aire(s)
    the air was blue (British) [colloquial]he dropped the hammer on his toe and the air was blue
    se le cayó el martillo en el pie y empezó a echar sapos y culebras [colloquial]
    to be in the air
    (hinted at) respirarse en el ambiente
    (uncertain, undecided) estar en el aire
    (unprotected) estar expuesto or al descubierto
    there is something in the air
    se respira algo en el ambiente
    revolution was in the air
    corrían vientos de revolución
    spring is in the air
    se respiran aires primaverales
    to leave something in the air
    dejar algo en el aire or en suspenso
    to be up in the air (plans)
    estar en el aire
    saltar de contento
    to clear the air (talk/argument)
    aclarar las cosas (lit) (storm)
    despejar el ambiente
    to go up in the air (British)
    subirse por las paredes [colloquial]
    to live on air to take the air [dated]
    (salir a) tomar el fresco
    to vanish or disappear into thin air
    you never see her name in the newspapers now, she's just disappeared into thin air
    ya no sale más en los periódicos, es como si se la hubiera tragado la tierra
    to walk or (British also) tread on air
    estar or sentirse en las nubes
    (before noun) (bubble/mass/chamber)
    de aire
    del aire
    de la atmósfera
    Example sentences
    • The surface tension of water is increased, and even the density of air surrounding the Earth ebbs and flows like the tides in the sea.
    • Whatever he became in that no-man's land he was a ghost, invisible as air.
    • Hence, toxic substances in air can easily reach the lung and produce harmful effects locally and in other organs.
    Example sentences
    • As I rested day after day in the sun, breathing the fresh air, God slowly turned my life around.
    • Why do we have to leave our cities and towns to breathe fresh air?
    • After being locked down for so long it will be exhilarating to exit my cell and to breathe the fresh desert air.
    Example sentences
    • At the time no one realized that this was the aircraft which would win the air war over the Pacific.
    • It has since been implemented at all the air logistics centers, albeit in a limited capacity.
    • As we were taxiing out to the strip I saw some air activity east of the field.
  • 2 uncountable (Radio, Television)to be on air/on the air
    estar en el aire
    estar al aire (Chile) (Mexico)
    estar en antena (Spain)
    he's on (the) air twice a week
    su programa se emite dos veces por semana
    the station is on (the) air 24 hours a day
    la emisora transmite or emite las 24 horas del día
    to come or go on air/on the air
    salir en antena (Spain)
    we go off (the) air at 12
    cerramos la emisión a las 12
    the transmission suddenly went off (the) air
    la transmisión se interrumpió de repente
  • 3 3.1 countable (manner, look, atmosphere) an air of mystery
    un aire de misterio
    an aristocratic air
    cierto aire or aspecto aristocrático
    Example sentences
    • In theory the network can send its logo over the air - as with a Nokia phone - in practice they won't.
    • But they're sending your confidential data over the air through a broadcast system.
    • The idea that comes to my mind is to do a TV show, but to do it strictly online rather than over the air.
    Example sentences
    • The painting lent an air of quality to the other items on the mantel, all inexpensive purchases.
    • His malapropisms and good old boy manner give him the air of a simpleton, and yet he's not.
    • He is about 41, with iron grey hair, round glasses, and a faint air of irony.
    also: airs plural
    aires (masculine plural)
    to put on/give oneself airs
    mandarse las partes (Southern Cone) [colloquial]
    airs and graces
    Example sentences
    • In other words, they - most of the people that are very successful in life - put on airs.
    • Alice's sharp wit and blunt pronouncements could be intimidating, but if you didn't put on airs and weren't a fool, she was fiercely loyal and endlessly forgiving.
    • But then again, he had never been one to put on airs.
  • 4 countable (Music)
    Example sentences
    • In the 17th century popular ballads were sung to the traditional airs; these were published in great numbers during the 18th century.
    • The talented Dordan group has won widespread acclaim for their unique sound - a blend of lively traditional jigs and reels, haunting slow airs, traditional songs along with mazurkas, sonatinas and waltzes.
    • Expect to hear a varied repertoire of original tunes and airs along with a choice of songs by Irish singer-songwriters and composers arranged by this dynamic duo.
  • 5 countable (breeze) [literary]
    Example sentences
    • From the mobile start line north of Rough Holme, Naiad got away well in the light south-westerly airs and reached the windward mark at Claife with a narrow lead.
    • Light winds make finding carp that much harder, so let's just take a look at a few ways of hopefully getting on fish when light airs are the order of the day.
    • All of the heroes that is, except for the heroes of the airs… of the winds.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    Example sentences
    • It took me all of last night just to do my bedroom, and because I had to air the room after vacuuming, I had to sleep downstairs on the hard floor.
    • And these particular rooms were aired only for a barbarian envoy or a member of the merchant class.
    • All windows are open to air the rooms and with only shutters to keep out little intruders the level of noise is unbearable.
    Example sentences
    • Well, by now, hopefully the flags have been aired and the jerseys washed.
    • A new regulation to be adopted soon bans locals from airing their laundry in some downtown streets.
    • I asked my mother one day, airing out the sheets.
    he likes to air his knowledge
    le gusta hacer alarde de sus conocimientos
    Example sentences
    • There are those in this area who hate him, but are afraid to air their grievances publicly.
    • It is a new show that will give members of the public the chance to air their opinions on a range of hot topics.
    • We could set up a public forum to discuss these issues and allow grievances to be aired.
  • 2 (broadcast) (US)
    Example sentences
    • Every day, Dominica's Broadcasting Corporation airs a radio programme exclusively about bananas, drawing an avid audience from all over this tiny Caribbean island.
    • Last week the BBC aired a television programme that contained evidence of a problem with drink and drug misuse among doctors in the United Kingdom.
    • The television station kept airing exit polls, claiming that the party had scored a landslide victory in both the parliamentary and local elections.

intransitive verb

  • 1
    he hung the clothes out to air
    colgó la ropa para que se ventilara or aireara or oreara
  • 2 (US) (Radio, Television)
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