Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To admit fresh air into (a mine, for example) to replace stale or noxious air.
  • transitive v. To circulate through and freshen: A sea breeze ventilated the rooms.
  • transitive v. To provide with a vent, as for airing.
  • transitive v. To expose (a substance) to the circulation of fresh air, as to retard spoilage.
  • transitive v. To expose to public discussion or examination: The students ventilated their grievances.
  • transitive v. To aerate or oxygenate (blood).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To replace stale or noxious air with fresh.
  • v. To circulate air through a building, etc.
  • v. To provide with a vent.
  • v. To expose something to the circulation of fresh air.
  • v. To expose something to public examination or discussion.
  • v. To provide manual or mechanical breathing to a patient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To open and expose to the free passage of air; to supply with fresh air, and remove impure air from; to air
  • transitive v. To provide with a vent, or escape, for air, gas, etc..
  • transitive v. To change or renew, as the air of a room.
  • transitive v. To winnow; to fan.
  • transitive v. To sift and examine; to bring out, and subject to penetrating scrutiny; to expose to examination and discussion.
  • transitive v. To give vent to; to utter; to make public.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To winnow; fan.
  • To admit air to; expose to the free passage of air or wind; supply with fresh air; purify by expulsion of foul air: as, to ventilate a room.
  • To purify by supplies of fresh air; provide air for in respiration by means of lungs or gills; aërate; oxygenate: as, the lungs ventilate the blood.
  • To expose to common consideration or criticism; submit to free examination and discussion; make public.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
  • v. circulate through and freshen
  • v. give expression or utterance to
  • v. expose to the circulation of fresh air so as to retard spoilage
  • v. furnish with an opening to allow air to circulate or gas to escape

Etymologies

Middle English ventilaten, to blow away, from Latin ventilāre, ventilāt-, to fan, from ventulus, diminutive of ventus, wind; see wē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin ventilātus, past participle of ventilō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The rooms "ventilate" from one to another; bedroom, dining-room, and kitchen being practically one room, with only one window opening to the

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  • He had recently declared in Yorkshire that "nothing on earth should ever tempt him to accept place," and that he was conscious of the power to compel the execution of measures which, before that democratic election, he could only "ventilate".

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  • You and I often get angry at God or at life itself when we lose loved ones, and the Bible is telling us it's OK to feel that anger, even to "ventilate" that anger.

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  • Diary of a Modern Matriarch about the topic of Prop 8 and a way to 'ventilate' the negative feelings about how all that crazy-ass shit went down on the West Coast.

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  • Mr. Blankenship says he believes MSHA forced the company to use an inferior plan to ventilate methane from the mine, based on past disagreements between the company and the agency, and says MSHA has an incentive to withhold information.

    Disaster Probe Frustrates Miners, Families

  • But Massey said the disagreement over how to ventilate the mine showed just why the agency should have open hearings on the accident.

    Massey Bashes Mine Regulator

  • The Labor Department's lawsuit accuses Freedom of failing to do enough to prevent the mine's roof and walls from collapsing and to effectively ventilate the mine to remove methane and other gases.

    Feds Sue To Close Massey's Freedom Energy Mine No. 1 In Kentucky

  • Here's how to start returning your home to the condition it was in before the deluge: When the rains stop, open up the doors and windows to ventilate the area ..

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  • Massey rebutted prior claims by the MSHA that the company failed to adequately ventilate the mine or spread inert crushed limestone to suppress coal dust.

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