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Verb (transitive)


Verb ventilate has 5 senses


ventilatev. t. [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.].
  •  To open and expose to the free passage of air; to supply with fresh air, and remove impure air from; to air; as, to ventilate a room; to ventilate a cellar; to ventilate a mine.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To provide with a vent, or escape, for air, gas, etc.; as, to ventilate a mold, or a water-wheel bucket.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To change or renew, as the air of a room.  Harvey.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To winnow; to fan; as, to ventilate wheat.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To sift and examine; to bring out, and subject to penetrating scrutiny; to expose to examination and discussion; as, to ventilate questions of policy.  Ayliffe.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To give vent to; to utter; to make public.  [1913 Webster]
    "Macaulay took occasion to ventilate one of those startling, but not very profound, paradoxes."  [1913 Webster]


ventilate, v.tr.
1 cause air to circulate freely in (a room etc.).
2 submit (a question, grievance, etc.) to public consideration and discussion.
3 Med. a oxygenate (the blood). b admit or force air into (the lungs).

ventilation n. ventilative adj.
L ventilare ventilat- blow, winnow, f. ventus wind



aerate, air, air out, air-condition, air-cool, airify, analyze, break it to, break the news, breathe, bring up, broach, canvass, chew the fat, chill, come out with, comment upon, confide, confide to, consider, controvert, cool, cross-ventilate, deal with, debate, deliberate, deliberate upon, discourse, discourse about, discuss, display, divulgate, divulge, evulgate, examine, exchange views, fan, freshen, freshen the air, fumigate, give, give out, give vent to, go into, handle, ice, ice-cool, infrigidate, introduce, investigate, knock around, let get around, let in on, let out, make known, make public, moot, open up, out with, oxygenate, oxygenize, pass under review, publish, put, put out, rap, reason, reason about, reason the point, refresh, refrigerate, reveal, review, sift, state, study, take up, talk, talk about, talk of, talk over, tell, thresh out, treat, utter, vent, wind, winnow




VB be clean, render clean, clean, cleanse, mundify, rinse, wring, flush, full, wipe, mop, sponge, scour, swab, scrub, brush up, wash, lave, launder, buck, absterge, deterge, decrassify, clear, purify, depurate, despumate, defecate, purge, expurgate, elutriate, lixiviate, edulcorate, clarify, refine, rack, filter, filtrate, drain, strain, disinfect, fumigate, ventilate, deodorize, whitewash, castrate, emasculate, sift, winnow, pick, weed, comb, rake, brush, sweep, rout out, clear out, sweep out, make a clean sweep of.


VB begin, start, commence, conceive, open, dawn, set in, take its rise, enter upon, enter, set out, embark in, incept, initiate, launch, inaugurate, inchoate, rise, arise, originate, usher in, lead off, lead the way, take the lead, take the initiative, head, stand at the head, stand first, stand for, lay the foundations, found, set up, set on foot, agoing, set abroach, set the ball in motion, apply the match to a train, broach, open up, open the door to, get underway, set about, get to work, set to work, set to, make a beginning, make a start, handsel, take the first step, lay the first stone, cut the first turf, break ground, break the ice, break cover, pass the Rubicon, cross the Rubicon, open fire, open the ball, ventilate, air, undertake, come into existence, come into the world, make one's debut, take birth, burst forth, break out, spring up, spring forth, crop up, pop up, appear, materialize, begin at the beginning, begin ab ovo, begin again, begin de novo, start afresh, make a fresh start, take it from the top, shuffle the cards, reshuffle the cards, resume, recommence.


VB air, ventilate, fan.


VB blow, waft, blow hard, blow great guns, blow a hurricane, wuther, stream, issue, respire, breathe, puff, whiff, whiffle, gasp, wheeze, snuff, snuffle, sniff, sniffle, sneeze, cough, fan, ventilate, inflate, perflate, blow up.

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