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1 to find emotional release for
  • vented her anger and then quickly calmed down

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2 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion)
  • vented his opinions freely and loudly at town meetings

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3 to throw or give off
  • a clothes dryer venting steam

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Synonyms of vent (Entry 2 of 2)

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How is the word vent distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of vent are air, broach, express, utter, and voice. While all these words mean "to make known what one thinks or feels," vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words.

a tirade venting his frustration

When could air be used to replace vent?

Although the words air and vent have much in common, air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention.

publicly airing their differences

When is it sensible to use broach instead of vent?

While the synonyms broach and vent are close in meaning, broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion.

broached the subject of a divorce

When would express be a good substitute for vent?

The words express and vent can be used in similar contexts, but express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces.

expressed her feelings in music

Where would utter be a reasonable alternative to vent?

The meanings of utter and vent largely overlap; however, utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech.

utter a groan

When is voice a more appropriate choice than vent?

While in some cases nearly identical to vent, voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words.

an editorial voicing their concerns

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The first known use of vent was in the 14th century

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“Vent.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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