- to provide (a room, mine, etc.) with fresh air in place of air that has been used or contaminated.
- to oxygenate (blood) by exposure to air in the lungs or gills.
- to assist the breathing of (a person), as with a respirator.
- (of air or wind) to circulate through or blow on, so as to cool or freshen the air of: Cool breezes ventilated the house.
- to expose to the action of air or wind: to ventilate floor timbers.
- to submit (a question, problem, etc.) to open, full examination and discussion.
- to give utterance or expression to (an opinion, complaint, etc.).
- to furnish with a vent or opening, as for the escape of air or gas.
- to give utterance or expression to one's emotions, opinions, complaints, etc.
Origin of ventilate
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Examples from the Web for ventilate
Now I had either overventilated or failed to ventilate my room.
Sometimes there are openings through the core from end to end to ventilate and cool it.How it Works
The first thing to be done is to open windows and doors, and to ventilate the apartment.The Reason Why
To air Plants, and ventilate Rooms wherein they are contained.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
What fun it was to dig him out, and ventilate his musty nest of fish-bones!Pastoral Days
William Hamilton Gibson
- to drive foul air out of (an enclosed area)
- to provide with a means of airing
- to expose (a question, grievance, etc) to public examination or discussion
- physiol to oxygenate (the blood) in the capillaries of the lungs
- to winnow (grain)
Word Origin and History for ventilate
mid-15c., "to blow away something" (of wind), from Latin ventilatus, past participle of ventilare "to brandish, toss in the air, winnow, fan, agitate, set in motion," from ventulus "a breeze," diminutive of ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)). Original notion is of cleaning grain by tossing it in the air and letting the wind blow away the chaff. Meaning "supply a room with fresh air" first recorded 1660s (implied in ventilation). Slang sense of "shoot" (someone) is recorded from 1875. Related: Ventilated; ventilating.