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Definition of "ventilate" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ventilate" in a sentence
  • "This also means that my laptop sits between two piles that offer just enough room on either side for the thing to rest on a small cardboard box I use to elevate the rear of the laptop and "ventilate" it."
  • "The rooms "ventilate" from one to another; bedroom, dining-room, and kitchen being practically one room, with only one window opening to the"
  • "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"."