verb (used with object), ven·ti·lat·ed, ven·ti·lat·ing.
- to oxygenate (blood) by exposure to air in the lungs or gills.
- to assist the breathing of (a person), as with a respirator.
verb (used without object), ven·ti·lat·ed, ven·ti·lat·ing.
Origin of ventilate
Examples from the Web for ventilate
These holes served to ventilate, though they were not intended for that purpose.How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Now I had either overventilated or failed to ventilate my room.
To ventilate a small room without draughts of course requires more care than to ventilate a large one.Notes on Nursing|Florence Nightingale
What fun it was to dig him out, and ventilate his musty nest of fish-bones!Pastoral Days|William Hamilton Gibson
The window was open at the top, so as to ventilate the room.The Moonstone|Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for ventilate
Word Origin for ventilate
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.