ventilate

verb

ven·​ti·​late ˈven-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce ventilate (audio)
ventilated; ventilating

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: to examine, discuss, or investigate freely and openly : expose
ventilating family quarrels in public
b
: to make public : utter
ventilated their objections at length
3
a
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

Examples of ventilate in a Sentence

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

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of ventilate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ventilate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ventilate. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

ventilate

verb
ven·​ti·​late ˈvent-ᵊl-ˌāt How to pronounce ventilate (audio)
ventilated; ventilating
1
: to discuss freely and openly
ventilate a complaint
2
a
: to expose to air and especially to a current of fresh air
ventilate stored grain
b
: to provide with ventilation
ventilate a room with fans

Medical Definition

ventilate

transitive verb
ven·​ti·​late ˈvent-ᵊl-ˌāt How to pronounce ventilate (audio)
ventilated; ventilating
1
: to expose to air and especially to a current of fresh air for purifying or refreshing
2
a
: oxygenate, aerate
ventilate blood in the lungs
b
: to subject the lungs of (an individual) to ventilation
artificially ventilate a patient in respiratory distress
3
: to give verbal expression to (as mental or emotional conflicts)

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