What does penetrate mean?

Definitions for penetrate
ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪtpen·e·trate

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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.

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

  2. penetrate(Verb)

    To achieve understanding despite (some obstacle thereto).

    I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.

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

  3. penetrate(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Penetrate(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Penetrate

    pen′ē-trāt, v.t. to thrust into the inside: to pierce into: to affect the mind or feelings: to enter and to fill: to understand: to find out.—v.i. to make way: to pass inwards.—ns. Penetrabil′ity, Pen′etrableness.—adj. Pen′etrable, that may be penetrated or pierced by another body: capable of having impressions made upon the mind.—adv. Pen′etrably, so as to be penetrated—n.pl. Penetrā′lia, the inmost parts of a building: secrets: mysteries.—ns. Pen′etrance, Pen′etrancy, the quality of being penetrant.—adjs. Pen′etrant, subtle, penetrating; Pen′etrating, piercing or entering: sharp: subtle: acute: discerning.—adv. Pen′etratingly.—n. Penetrā′tion, the act or power of penetrating or entering: acuteness: discernment: the space-penetrating power of a telescope.—adj. Pen′etrative, tending to penetrate: piercing: sagacious: affecting the mind.—adv. Pen′etratively, in a penetrative manner.—n. Pen′etrativeness, the quality of being penetrative: penetrative power. [L. penetrāre, -ātumpenes, within.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of penetrate in a Sentence

  1. Mike Rogers:

    We had talked to our French counterparts ... and we gave them a heads up: 'Look, we are watching the Russians. We are seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure. Here's what we've seen ... what can we do to assist?' we are doing the same with our German counterparts (and) our British counterparts.

  2. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    My belief is that, the mystics will never be happy nor sad because I took their side. Indeed, this is the right path that does not allow any type of fanaticism to penetrate the mind. In my noble opinion, these are the wisest human beings ever to exist.

  3. The Florida Fish:

    Because K. brevis cannot tolerate low-salinity waters for very long, blooms usually remain in salty coastal waters and do not penetrate upper reaches of estuaries, however, other harmful algae, including cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), typically bloom in freshwater lakes and rivers.

  4. Mark Judge:

    We're spiritual creatures, unlike animals, and when we see forms like a flower or great architecture or a pretty face, we can see both its form but also penetrate through to its spiritual core, which is why if we are alive to beauty as Father Dubay says, we will be sort of seized and raptured by something beautiful, beauty is truth, and truth is beauty. Hugh Hefner Playboy's why if Father Dubay go out on a date with someone who is beautiful, and they have no Christian charity and they're narcissistic and cruel, an ugliness creeps in. So don't let that happen to Father Dubay.

  5. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    One of the things that constantly surprises me is, wherever people seem to go on the planet, there's life, anywhere we go on Earth, life has figured out a way to penetrate that niche and take advantage of some aspect of that environment.

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