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ventilate

[ven-tl-eyt]
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verb (used with object), ven·ti·lat·ed, ven·ti·lat·ing.
  1. to provide (a room, mine, etc.) with fresh air in place of air that has been used or contaminated.
  2. Medicine/Medical.
    1. to oxygenate (blood) by exposure to air in the lungs or gills.
    2. to assist the breathing of (a person), as with a respirator.
  3. (of air or wind) to circulate through or blow on, so as to cool or freshen the air of: Cool breezes ventilated the house.
  4. to expose to the action of air or wind: to ventilate floor timbers.
  5. to submit (a question, problem, etc.) to open, full examination and discussion.
  6. to give utterance or expression to (an opinion, complaint, etc.).
  7. to furnish with a vent or opening, as for the escape of air or gas.
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verb (used without object), ven·ti·lat·ed, ven·ti·lat·ing.
  1. to give utterance or expression to one's emotions, opinions, complaints, etc.
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Origin of ventilate

1400–50; late Middle English ventilatten to blow (something) away < Latin ventilātus (past participle of ventilāre to fan), equivalent to vent(us) wind1 + -il- v. suffix (variant of -ul-, orig. after derivatives of nouns ending in -ulus -ule; cf. speculate) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsven·ti·la·ble, adjectiveo·ver·ven·ti·late, verb (used with object), o·ver·ven·ti·lat·ed, o·ver·ven·ti·lat·ing.re·ven·ti·late, verb (used with object), re·ven·ti·lat·ed, re·ven·ti·lat·ing.self-ven·ti·lat·ed, adjectiveun·der·ven·ti·late, verb (used with object), un·der·ven·ti·lat·ed, un·der·ven·ti·lat·ing.un·der·ven·ti·lat·ed, adjectiveun·ven·ti·lat·ed, adjectivewell-ven·ti·lat·ed, adjective

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Related Words for ventilate

vent, 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.

    Tuskegee &amp; Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements

    Various

  • Sometimes there are openings through the core from end to end to ventilate and cool it.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • The first thing to be done is to open windows and doors, and to ventilate the apartment.

  • To air Plants, and ventilate Rooms wherein they are contained.

  • What fun it was to dig him out, and ventilate his musty nest of fish-bones!

    Pastoral Days

    William Hamilton Gibson


British Dictionary definitions for ventilate

ventilate

verb (tr)
  1. to drive foul air out of (an enclosed area)
  2. to provide with a means of airing
  3. to expose (a question, grievance, etc) to public examination or discussion
  4. physiol to oxygenate (the blood) in the capillaries of the lungs
  5. to winnow (grain)
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Derived Formsventilable, adjective

Word Origin for ventilate

C15: from Latin ventilāre to fan, from ventulus diminutive of ventus wind
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Word Origin and History for ventilate

v.

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.

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