Definition of ventilate
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 lungsb : to subject the lungs to ventilation artificially ventilate a patient in respiratory distress
3a of a current of air : to pass or circulate through so as to freshenb : 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
Examples of ventilate in a Sentence
She opened the windows to ventilate the room.
The room was adequately ventilated.
Origin and Etymology of 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 1wind
First Known Use: 15th century
VENTILATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ventilate for English Language Learners
: to allow fresh air to enter and move through (a room, building, etc.)
: to express or discuss (something) openly or publicly
VENTILATE Defined for Kids
Definition of ventilate for Students
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.
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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