\ ˈvent \
vented; venting; vents

Definition of vent

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with a vent
2a : to serve as a vent for chimneys vent smoke
c : to give often vigorous or emotional expression to vented her frustration on her coworkers
3 : to relieve by means of a vent vented himself in a fiery letter to the editor

intransitive verb

: to relieve oneself by venting something (such as anger) comes home from work and vents to the kids


noun (1)

Definition of vent (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an opening for the escape of a gas or liquid or for the relief of pressure: such as
a : the external opening of the rectum or cloaca : anus
c : an opening at the breech of a muzzle-loading gun through which fire is touched to the powder
d chiefly Scotland : chimney, flue
2 : an opportunity or means of escape, passage, or release : outlet finally gave vent to his pent-up hostility


noun (2)

Definition of vent (Entry 3 of 3)

: a slit in a garment specifically : an opening in the lower part of a seam (as of a jacket or skirt)

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Other Words from vent

Noun (1)

ventless \ ˈvent-​ləs \ adjective

Noun (2)

ventless adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for vent

Synonyms: Verb

loose, release, take out, unleash

Antonyms: Verb

bottle (up), repress, suppress

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express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces. expressed her feelings in music vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words. a tirade venting his frustration utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech. utter a groan voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words. an editorial voicing their concerns broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion. broached the subject of a divorce air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention. publicly airing their differences

Examples of vent in a Sentence


Windows should be opened to vent the fumes. She vented her frustrations by kicking the car. Don't vent your anger on me. I screamed because I needed to vent.
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First Known Use of vent


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vent


Middle English venten "to provide with an air hole," in part verbal derivative of vent "anus, outlet, vent entry 2," in part short for aventen "to cool (oneself, as by removing a helmet), release, let air out of," borrowed from Anglo-French aventer "to allow to escape, release, fan," probably altered by vowel reduction from Old French esventer "to fan, cool by stirring the air," going back to Vulgar Latin *exventāre, from Latin ex- ex- entry 1 + -ventāre, verbal derivative of ventus "wind" — more at wind entry 1

Noun (1)

Middle English, "anus, outlet," probably borrowed from Anglo-French, "wind, cold air, draft, outlet" (continental Old French, "wind"), going back to Latin ventus "wind" — more at wind entry 1

Noun (2)

Middle English vent, fente, borrowed from Anglo-French fente "split, crack, opening," derivative of fendre "to split" (going back to Latin findere), probaby by analogy with pairs such as rendre "to yield," rente "income" — more at bite entry 1, render entry 1, rent entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of vent

: to allow (something, such as smoke or gas) to go out through an opening

: to express (an emotion) usually in a loud or angry manner


\ ˈvent \
vented; venting

Kids Definition of vent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to provide with an outlet Dangerous gases were vented to the outside.
2 : to serve as an outlet for Chimneys vent smoke.
3 : express entry 1 sense 1 He needs to vent his anger.



Kids Definition of vent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an opening for the escape of a gas or liquid or for the relief of pressure
2 : an opportunity or means of release His writing gives vent to his anger.


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Medical Definition of vent

: an opening for the escape of a gas or liquid or for the relief of pressure especially : the external opening of the rectum or cloaca : anus

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