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 ventilatingvent, free, deliberate, scrutinize, give, sift, express, debate, broach, publish, air, broadcast, moot, discourse, state, introduce, put, advertise, verbalize, discuss
Examples from the Web for ventilating
Historical Examples of ventilating
Forepaugh leaped to the ventilating louver and closed it tightly.
With the ventilating fans stilled, the air was turning fetid.
Especially is this control of openings important in ventilating barns.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
One of the boys had a birthday and we were ventilating our enthusiasm.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
Generals and colonels are ventilating their opinions through the press.The Citizen-Soldier
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.