To ventilate is to let something flow freely, whether it's air or ideas. It's especially important to ventilate your art studio if you're using spray paint.

When a doctor uses the word ventilate, she's usually talking specifically about air moving through a patient's lungs: "We need to artificially ventilate him until his airway is clear." Otherwise, when we ventilate something, we're almost always trying to get more clean or cool air flowing in and moving around: "You need to ventilate this room better before you set up your screen printing business here." The root of ventilate means "blowing."

Definitions of ventilate

v furnish with an opening to allow air to circulate or gas to escape

“The architect did not think about ventilating the storage space”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v expose to the circulation of fresh air so as to retard spoilage

“Wheat should be well ventilated
Type of:
expose or make accessible to some action or influence

v expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen

air, air out, vent
Type of:
freshen, refresh
make (to feel) fresh

v circulate through and freshen

“The gust of air ventilated the room”
Type of:
move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point

v give expression or utterance to

give vent, vent
Type of:
evince, express, show
give expression to

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