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ventilate

[ven-tl-eyt] /ˈvɛn tlˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), ventilated, ventilating.
1.
to provide (a room, mine, etc.) with fresh air in place of air that has been used or contaminated.
2.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. to oxygenate (blood) by exposure to air in the lungs or gills.
  2. to assist the breathing of (a person), as with a respirator.
3.
(of air or wind) to circulate through or blow on, so as to cool or freshen the air of:
Cool breezes ventilated the house.
4.
to expose to the action of air or wind:
to ventilate floor timbers.
5.
to submit (a question, problem, etc.) to open, full examination and discussion.
6.
to give utterance or expression to (an opinion, complaint, etc.).
7.
to furnish with a vent or opening, as for the escape of air or gas.
verb (used without object), ventilated, ventilating.
8.
to give utterance or expression to one's emotions, opinions, complaints, etc.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English ventilatten to blow (something) away < Latin ventilātus (past participle of ventilāre to fan), equivalent to vent(us) wind1 + -il- v. suffix (variant of -ul-, orig. after derivatives of nouns ending in -ulus -ule; cf. speculate) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
ventilable, adjective
overventilate, verb (used with object), overventilated, overventilating.
reventilate, verb (used with object), reventilated, reventilating.
self-ventilated, adjective
underventilate, verb (used with object), underventilated, underventilating.
underventilated, adjective
unventilated, adjective
well-ventilated, adjective
Synonyms
5. broadcast, publicize, circulate, report.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellventilated

ventilate

/ˈvɛntɪˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to drive foul air out of (an enclosed area)
2.
to provide with a means of airing
3.
to expose (a question, grievance, etc) to public examination or discussion
4.
(physiol) to oxygenate (the blood) in the capillaries of the lungs
5.
to winnow (grain)
Derived Forms
ventilable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ventilāre to fan, from ventulus diminutive of ventus wind
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Word Origin and History for wellventilated

ventilate

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wellventilated

ventilate

verb

To shoot; plug

[1875+; fr the notion of letting air into someone]


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