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
Synonyms for ventilate
Related Words for ventilatevent, free, deliberate, scrutinize, give, sift, express, debate, broach, publish, air, broadcast, moot, discourse, state, introduce, put, advertise, verbalize, discuss
Examples from the Web for ventilate
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.