ventilate

verb
ven·​ti·​late | \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt \
ventilated; ventilating

Definition of ventilate 

transitive verb

1a : 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

2a : to examine, discuss, or investigate freely and openly : expose ventilating family quarrels in public

b : to make public : utter ventilated their objections at length

3a of a current of air : to pass or circulate through so as to freshen

b : to cause fresh air to circulate through (a place, such as a room or a mine)

4 : to provide an opening in (a burning structure) to permit escape of smoke and heat

5 archaic : to free from chaff by winnowing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ventilate

Synonyms

air, expound, express, give, look, raise, sound, state, vent, voice

Antonyms

stifle, suppress

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Examples of ventilate in a Sentence

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

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Also, the modular architecture of the Atlas previously was used on vehicles such as the Golf, and the mid-row bench seats are heated but not ventilated. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 3 Aug. 2017 The property was once a park for employees of Ilg's electric ventilating company. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Restoring the ring: Historic bells come down from Niles Leaning Tower," 2 July 2018 The Macomb Fire Department helped ventilate the building, The Voice reported. Marwa Eltagouri, ajc, "Sign said pet store was closed for maintenance, but inside were 41 dead animals," 30 May 2018 If timed correctly, ventilating a building by opening doors, breaking windows and cutting holes in the roof can improve visibility. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 The second-floor windows were covered by foil panels, preventing the floor from being ventilated of the leaking gas, the Bronx district attorney, Darcel D. Clark, said in a statement on Friday. Christopher Mele, New York Times, "2 Plead Guilty to Manslaughter in Gas Explosion That Killed a Fire Chief," 13 July 2018 Superintending a mine required knowing how to bore, sink, stope, and ventilate underground workings, pump water, and hoist ore. Gregory Crouch, Time, "Mark Twain Claimed He Got His Pen Name From a Riverboat Captain. He May Have Actually Gotten It in a Saloon," 19 June 2018 Investigators spent most of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning ventilating the area with fans. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Bensalem PD: Crews recover body of gas-station owner killed in explosion," 13 June 2018 Alternatively, ventilate the fire with a fan or a hair dryer. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of ventilate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for ventilate

Middle English, "discussed, aired," borrowed from Latin ventilātus, past participle of ventilāre "to expose to the air, fan, expose to consideration," from ventus "wind" + -ilāre, verbal suffix, variant of -ulāre originally in derivatives of nouns ending in -ulus, -ula, -ulum -ule — more at wind entry 1

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ventilate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ventilate

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

: to express or discuss (something) openly or publicly

ventilate

verb
ven·​ti·​late | \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt \
ventilated; ventilating

Kids Definition of ventilate

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.

ventilate

transitive verb
ven·​ti·​late | \ˈvent-ᵊl-ˌāt \
ventilated; ventilating

Medical Definition of ventilate 

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

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 : to give verbal expression to (as mental or emotional conflicts)

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