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ventilate

verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

: to allow fresh air to enter and move through (a room, building, etc.)

: to express or discuss (something) openly or publicly

ven·ti·lat·edven·ti·lat·ing

Full Definition of VENTILATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to examine, discuss, or investigate freely and openly :  expose <ventilating family quarrels in public>
b :  to make public :  utter <ventilated their objections at length>
2
archaic :  to free from chaff by winnowing
3
a :  to expose to air and especially to a current of fresh air for purifying, curing, or refreshing <ventilate stored grain>; also :  oxygenate, aerate <ventilate blood in the lungs>
b :  to subject the lungs to ventilation <artificially ventilate a patient in respiratory distress>
4
a of a current of air :  to pass or circulate through so as to freshen
b :  to cause fresh air to circulate through (as a room or mine)
5
:  to provide an opening in (a burning structure) to permit escape of smoke and heat

Examples of VENTILATE

  1. She opened the windows to ventilate the room.
  2. The room was adequately ventilated.

Origin of VENTILATE

Middle English, discussed, aired, from Late Latin ventilatus, past participle of ventilare, from Latin, to fan, winnow, from ventus wind — more at wind
First Known Use: 15th century

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VENTILATED Defined for Kids

ventilate

verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\
ven·ti·lat·edven·ti·lat·ing

Definition of VENTILATE for Kids

1
:  to let in air and especially a current of fresh air <Windows ventilate the room.>
2
:  to provide with fresh air <Keep the plants ventilated.>
3
:  to discuss freely and openly <You should ventilate your complaints.>
Medical Dictionary

ventilate

transitive verb ven·ti·late \ˈvent-əl-ˌāt\
ven·ti·lat·edven·ti·lat·ing

Medical Definition of VENTILATE

1
:  to expose to air and especially to a current of fresh air for purifying or refreshing
2
a :  oxygenate, aerate <ventilate blood in the lungs> b :  to subject the lungs of (an individual) to ventilation <artifically ventilate a patient in respiratory distress>
3
:  to give verbal expression to (as mental or emotional conflicts)

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