- 1Cause air to enter and circulate freely in (a room, building, etc.): ventilate the greenhouse well (as adjective, in combination -ventilated) gas heaters should only ever be used in well-ventilated roomsMore example sentences
- Every part of the living area is properly ventilated, with each room given a huge opening that enhances a sense of spaciousness.
- Their laboratory was three mechanically ventilated office buildings.
- The building was evacuated as two teams of two fire fighters entered the building to clear up the spillage and ventilate the factory.
- 2Discuss or examine (an opinion, issue, or complaint) in public: he used the club to ventilate an ongoing complaintMore example sentences
- Over the next few days I plan to really ventilate the issue, to open up for discussion and so on.
- It is also a remedy in public law for safeguarding public law rights and for ventilating public law issues.
- Her erstwhile colleagues in Cabinet report that Ms Short was never timid about ventilating her opinions.
- 3 Medicine Subject to artificial respiration: the patient was sedated and ventilatedMore example sentences
- In Brazil, 55 % of patients mechanically ventilated for acute lung injury died.
- Each animal was artificially ventilated, and the mechanical respiratory properties of the mouse were measured.
- A sterile, second airway is needed in this instance to ventilate the lung.
- 4 • informal Kill (someone) by shooting: I pull out a gun and ventilate her dinner companionMore example sentences
- A few seconds and four popped caps later, she ventilated Anthony Peralez's arm with two rounds and plunked a pumpkin ball into his belly.
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 century.