Definitions for penetrateˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. penetrate, perforate(verb)

    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

    "The bullet penetrated her chest"

  2. penetrate, fathom, bottom(verb)

    come to understand

  3. click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place(verb)

    become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions

    "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow"

  4. infiltrate, penetrate(verb)

    enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members

    "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"

  5. penetrate(verb)

    make one's way deeper into or through

    "The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"

  6. penetrate(verb)

    insert the penis into the vagina or anus of

    "Did the molester penetrate the child?"

  7. permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle(verb)

    spread or diffuse through

    "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"

Wiktionary

  1. penetrate(Verb)

    Manage to enter into.

  2. penetrate(Verb)

    To achieve understanding despite (some obstacle thereto).

    I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.

  3. penetrate(Verb)

    To insert a penis into an opening, such as a vagina.

  4. Origin: From penetratus, past participle of , from + (as in intrare, from ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penetrate(verb)

    to enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness

  2. Penetrate(verb)

    to affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to touch with feeling; to make sensible; to move deeply; as, to penetrate one's heart with pity

  3. Penetrate(verb)

    to pierce into by the mind; to arrive at the inner contents or meaning of, as of a mysterious or difficult subject; to comprehend; to understand

  4. Penetrate(verb)

    to pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively

  5. Origin: [L. penetratus, p. p. of penetrare to penetrate; akin to penitus inward, inwardly, and perh. to pens with, in the power of, penus store of food, innermost part of a temple.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'penetrate' in Verbs Frequency: #985


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