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 well-ventilatedbreezy, uncluttered, aerial, atmospheric, blowy, exposed, fresh, gaseous, gusty, light, lofty, vaporous, ventilated, windy, drafty, out-of-doors, well-ventilated
Examples from the Web for well-ventilated
Historical Examples of well-ventilated
The patient should go to bed in a large, well-ventilated, and sunny room.
The patient should sleep on a mattress in a well-ventilated room.
There is little or no objection to doing the ironing in a well-ventilated kitchen.Convenient Houses
Louis Henry Gibson
Is the building in which he studies clean, well-ventilated, and sanitary?The Complete Club Book for Women
Caroline French Benton
The prisoners were placed in apartments large and well-ventilated.Joseph Bonaparte
John S. C. Abbott
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.