pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
"The bullet penetrated her chest"
penetrate, fathom, bottom(verb)
come to understand
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"
enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members
"The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"
make one's way deeper into or through
"The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"
insert the penis into the vagina or anus of
"Did the molester penetrate the child?"
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"
Manage to enter into.
To achieve understanding despite (some obstacle thereto).
I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.
To insert a penis into an opening, such as a vagina.
Origin: From penetratus, past participle of , from + (as in intrare, from ).
to enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness
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
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
to pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively
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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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, -ātum—penes, within.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'penetrate' in Verbs Frequency: #985
The numerical value of penetrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of penetrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There are countless circles of hell; believers never penetrate the ninth circle.
These clouds are so thick that even Hubble’s infrared capability could not penetrate them.
There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.
It is at a depth where light can’t penetrate, making a dark water column where there are no signs of light from above or below.
It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity out of it.
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- penetrieren, durchdringenGerman
- tunkeutua, työntyäFinnish
- beszivárog, behatolHungarian
- 突き通る, 貫通Japanese
- penetreren, doordringenDutch
- pătrunde, penetraRomanian
- проникнуть, проникатьRussian
- penetrera, genomträngaSwedish
- xuyên quaVietnamese
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