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.
- ven·ti·la·ble, adjective
- o·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, adjective
- un·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, adjective
- un·ven·ti·lat·ed, adjective
- well-ven·ti·lat·ed, adjective
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How to use ventilate in a sentence
You must have your rooms well ventilated if you wish to avoid fainting and discomfort.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
It was hardly necessary that he should disturb himself at last to come and tell us such well-ventilated news.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
Yes, he was well ventilated around his ankles, and not having any more socks to his feet he was going to be quite cool.Where the Pavement Ends | John Russell
The rooms, as a rule, were well ventilated and the air fresh when one came into them.Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Had the apartment been well ventilated the so-called chill would never have occurred.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them | Charles David Musgrove
British Dictionary definitions for ventilate
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)
- ventilable, adjective
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