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


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

Middle English ventilaten, to blow away, from Latin ventilāre, ventilāt-, to fan, from ventulus, diminutive of ventus, wind; see wē- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Latin ventilātus, past participle of ventilō.


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