ventilate

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verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of ventilate

ventilated

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ventilating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2a :  to examine, discuss, or investigate freely and openly :  expose ventilating family quarrels in publicb :  to make public :  utter ventilated their objections at length

  4. 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)

  5. 4 :  to provide an opening in (a burning structure) to permit escape of smoke and heat

  6. 5 archaic :  to free from chaff by winnowing

Examples of ventilate in a Sentence

  1. She opened the windows to ventilate the room.

  2. 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

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verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

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

ventilate

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verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of ventilate for Students

ventilated

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ventilating

  1. 1 :  to let in air and especially a current of fresh air Windows ventilate the room.

  2. 2 :  to provide with fresh air Keep the plants ventilated.

  3. 3 :  to discuss freely and openly You should ventilate your complaints.


Medical Dictionary

ventilate

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transitive verb ven·ti·late \ˈvent-əl-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of ventilate

ventilated

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ventilating

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

  2. 2a:  oxygenate, aerate ventilate blood in the lungsb:  to subject the lungs of (an individual) to ventilation artifically ventilate a patient in respiratory distress

  3. 3:  to give verbal expression to (as mental or emotional conflicts)



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