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ventnoun

uk   us   /vent/
  • vent noun (OPENING)

[C] a ​smallopening that ​allowsair, ​smoke, or ​gas to ​enter or ​leave a ​closedspace: If you have a ​gasfire in a ​room, you should have some ​kind of ​outside vent. [C] a ​cut in the ​bottom of a ​piece of ​clothing to ​allow the ​personwearing it to ​move more ​easily: The ​skirt is ​long and ​straight with two ​side vents.
  • vent noun (EXPRESS FEELINGS)

give vent to sth C2 to ​express a ​negativeemotion in a ​forceful and often ​unfair way: The ​meeting will be an ​opportunity for everyone to give vent to ​theirfeelings.

ventverb [I or T]

uk   us   /vent/
(Definition of vent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ventnoun [C]

 us   /vent/
  • vent noun [C] (OPENING)

an ​opening that ​allowsair, ​smoke, or ​gas to ​escape or ​enter an ​enclosedspace: The ​residents of the ​basementapartmentranoutside after ​smellingsmoke coming through a vent.

ventverb [T]

 us   /vent/
  • vent verb [T] (EXPRESS FEELINGS)

to ​express a ​negativeemotionforcefully: Walking ​relieves a lot of ​tension and it’s a good way to vent ​frustration.
(Definition of vent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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