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ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪtpen·e·trate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. penetrate, perforateverb

    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

    "The bullet penetrated her chest"

  2. penetrate, fathom, bottomverb

    come to understand

  3. click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into placeverb

    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, penetrateverb

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

    "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"

  5. penetrateverb

    make one's way deeper into or through

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

  6. penetrateverb

    insert the penis into the vagina or anus of

    "Did the molester penetrate the child?"

  7. permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddleverb

    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. penetrateverb

    Manage to enter into.

  2. penetrateverb

    To achieve understanding despite (some obstacle thereto).

    I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.

  3. penetrateverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PENETRATEverb

    Etymology: penetro, Lat. penetrer, Fr.

    Marrow is, of all other oily substances, the most penetrating. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

  2. To Penetrateverb

    To make way.

    There shall we clearly see the uses of these things, which here were too subtile for us to penetrate. John Ray.

    If we reached no farther than metaphor, we rather fancy than know, and are not yet penetrated into the inside and reality of the thing. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penetrateverb

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

  2. Penetrateverb

    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. Penetrateverb

    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. Penetrateverb

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

  5. 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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  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. Vladimir Airapetian:

    In our paper, we have shown that a super Carrington-type CME event would have greatly compressed the magnetic field, this would ignite huge electric currents on Earth and let energetic particles penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere and surface.

  2. New York Fed:

    To date, there is no evidence of any attempt to penetrate Federal Reserve systems in connection with the payments in question, and there is no evidence that any Fed systems were compromised.

  3. Barry Gibb:

    You know how it is in Nashville; its a pretty closed circleif you like, and its a hard place to penetrate even if you love the music and you want to be there if you walk into another realm of music, you have to work pretty hard to be accepted.

  4. Chris Collins:

    If you think about these airport scanners, that's using mmWave energy, you know it doesn't penetrate the body, because all you see in the image on the screen is the outer surface of the body.

  5. Ry Cooder:

    With country, it's hard to penetrate the thick layers of commercialism that have been applied like shellac coatings over the real thing.

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