Definition of ventilate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ventilate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈventɪleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈventɪleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ventilate
    BrE BrE//ˈventɪleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈventɪleɪt//
     
    he / she / it ventilates
    BrE BrE//ˈventɪleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈventɪleɪts//
     
    past simple ventilated
    BrE BrE//ˈventɪleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈventɪleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle ventilated
    BrE BrE//ˈventɪleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈventɪleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form ventilating
    BrE BrE//ˈventɪleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈventɪleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1ventilate something to allow fresh air to enter and move around a room, building, etc. a well-ventilated room The bathroom is ventilated by means of an extractor fan. The building is naturally ventilated.
  2. 2ventilate something (formal) to express your feelings or opinions publicly synonym air
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘winnow, scatter’): from Latin ventilat- ‘blown, winnowed’, from the verb ventilare, from ventus ‘wind’. Sense 1 dates from the mid 18th cent.
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