ventilate

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
  1. verb
    furnish with an opening to allow air to circulate or gas to escape
    “The architect did not think about ventilating the storage space”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    expose to the circulation of fresh air so as to retard spoilage
    “Wheat should be well ventilated
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    type of:
    expose
    expose or make accessible to some action or influence
  3. verb
    expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
    synonyms: air, air out, vent
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    type of:
    freshen, refresh
    make (to feel) fresh
  4. verb
    circulate through and freshen
    “The gust of air ventilated the room”
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    type of:
    circulate
    move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point
  5. verb
    give expression or utterance to
    synonyms: give vent, vent
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    type of:
    evince, express, show
    give expression to
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