give vent to

Definition of give vent to

:to express (a strong emotion, such as anger) in a forceful and open way
  • He gave vent to his annoyance.
  • She didn't want to give full vent to her feelings.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

vent play
  1. : to provide with a vent

  2. : to serve as a vent for

  3. : discharge, expel

  1. : an opening for the escape of a gas or liquid or for the relief of pressure: such as

  2. : the external opening of the rectum or cloaca : anus

  3. : pipe, fumarole

  1. : a slit in a garment


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