ventilate
transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Middle English, discussed, aired, from Late Latin ventilatus, past participle of ventilare, from Latin, to fan, winnow, from ventus wind — more at wind Date: 15th century 1. a. to examine, discuss, or investigate freely and openly ; expose <
ventilating family quarrels in public
>
b. to make public ; utter <
ventilated their objections at length
>
2. archaic to free from chaff by winnowing 3. a. to expose to air and especially to a current of fresh air for purifying, curing, or refreshing <
ventilate stored grain
>
; also oxygenate, aerate <
ventilate blood in the lungs
>
b. to subject the lungs to ventilation <
artificially ventilate a patient in respiratory distress
>
4. a. of a current of air to pass or circulate through so as to freshen b. to cause fresh air to circulate through (as a room or mine) 5. to provide an opening in (a burning structure) to permit escape of smoke and heat

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  • Ventilate — Ven ti*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ventilated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ventilating}.] [L. ventilatus, p. p. of ventilare to toss, brandish in the air, to fan, to winnow, from ventus wind; akin to E. wind. See {Wind} rushing air.] 1. To open and expose… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ventilate — [vent′ l āt΄] vt. ventilated, ventilating [< L ventilatus, pp. of ventilare, to fan, ventilate < ventus,WIND2] 1. a) to circulate fresh air in (a room, etc.), driving out foul air b) to circulate in (a room, etc.) so as to freshen: said of… …   English World dictionary

  • ventilate — index bare, circulate, consult (ask advice of), proclaim, propagate (spread), publish, relate (tell) …   Law dictionary

  • ventilate — (v.) mid 15c., to blow away something (of wind), from L. ventilatus, pp. of ventilare to brandish, toss in the air, winnow, fan, agitate, set in motion, from ventulus a breeze, dim. of ventus wind (see WIND (Cf. wind) (n.1)). Original notion is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ventilate — 1 *aerate, oxygenate, carbonate 2 *express, vent, air, utter, voice, broach Analogous words: expose, exhibit, display, *show: disclose, divulge, discover, reveal: publish, advertise, broadcast (see DECLARE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ventilate — [v] air out; make known advertise, air, bring into the open, bring up, broach, broadcast, circulate, debate, deliberate, discourse, discuss, examine, express, free, give, go into, introduce, moot, publish, put, scrutinize, sift, state, take up,… …   New thesaurus

  • ventilate — ► VERB 1) cause air to enter and circulate freely in (a room or building). 2) discuss (an opinion or issue) in public. 3) Medicine subject to artificial respiration. DERIVATIVES ventilation noun. ORIGIN Latin ventilare blow, winnow , from ventus… …   English terms dictionary

  • ventilate — [[t]ve̱ntɪleɪt[/t]] ventilates, ventilating, ventilated 1) VERB If you ventilate a room or building, you allow fresh air to get into it. [V n] Ventilate the room properly when paint stripping... [V n] The pit is ventilated by a steel fan. [V ed] …   English dictionary

  • ventilate — To aerate, or oxygenate, the blood in the pulmonary capillaries. SYN: air (2). [L. ventilo, pp. atus, to fan, fr. ventus, the wind] * * * ven·ti·late vent əl .āt vt, lat·ed; lat·ing 1) to expose to air and esp. to a current of fresh air for… …   Medical dictionary

  • ventilate — UK [ˈventɪleɪt] / US [ˈvent(ə)lˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms ventilate : present tense I/you/we/they ventilate he/she/it ventilates present participle ventilating past tense ventilated past participle ventilated 1) to allow fresh air to… …   English dictionary

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