Pronunciation: (ven'tl-āt"), [key]
—v.t., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to provide (a room, mine, etc.) with fresh air in place of air that has been used or contaminated.
a. to oxygenate (blood) by exposure to air in the lungs or gills.
b. to assist the breathing of (a person), as with a respirator.
3. (of air or wind) to circulate through or blow on, so as to cool or freshen the air of: Cool breezes ventilated the house.
4. to expose to the action of air or wind: to ventilate floor timbers.
5. to submit (a question, problem, etc.) to open, full examination and discussion.
6. to give utterance or expression to (an opinion, complaint, etc.).
7. to furnish with a vent or opening, as for the escape of air or gas.
to give utterance or expression to one's emotions, opinions, complaints, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.