ventilate

play
verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of ventilate

ventilated

ventilating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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. 2 archaic :  to free from chaff by winnowing

  4. 3 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>

  5. 4 a of a current of air :  to pass or circulate through so as to freshen b :  to cause fresh air to circulate through (as a room or mine)

  6. 5 :  to provide an opening in (a burning structure) to permit escape of smoke and heat

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, from Late Latin ventilatus, past participle of ventilare, from Latin, to fan, winnow, from ventus wind — more at wind


First Known Use: 15th century


VENTILATE Defined for English Language Learners

ventilate

play
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

play
verb ven·ti·late \ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of ventilate for Students

ventilated

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

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

Medical Definition of ventilate

ventilated

;

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 lungs>b:  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)



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ventilate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

skillful, artistic, or intricate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ