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
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
She opened the windows to ventilate the room.
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 Definition of ventilate
1: to expose to air and especially to a current of fresh air for purifying or refreshing
3: to give verbal expression to (as mental or emotional conflicts)
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