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ventilate

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verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of ventilate

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

  • : to express or discuss (something) openly or publicly

Full Definition of ventilate

ven·ti·lat·edven·ti·lat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 archaic :  to free from chaff by winnowing

  4. 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>

  5. 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)

  6. 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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Medical Dictionary

ventilate

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transitive verb ven·ti·late \ˈvent-əl-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of ventilate

ven·ti·lat·edven·ti·lat·ing

  1. 1:  to expose to air and especially to a current of fresh air for purifying or refreshing

  2. 2a:  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. 3:  to give verbal expression to (as mental or emotional conflicts)





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