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 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 "to shoot" (someone) is recorded from 1875. Related: Ventilated; ventilating.

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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 — 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 — 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… …   New Collegiate 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

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