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1. To provide a room, or other enclosed space, with fresh air or a current of air.
2. To provide an enclosed space with a vent or other means of letting fresh air in and stale air out.
3. To expose something to moving fresh air in order to dry, cool, or preserve it.
4. To oxygenate, or to aerate, the blood through the blood vessels of the lungs.
Etymology: "to blow away something" (as in the wind); from Latin ventilatus, past participle of ventilare, "to brandish, to toss in the air, to winnow, to fan, to agitate, to set in motion"; from ventulus, "a breeze" a diminutive of ventus, "wind".
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