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.]
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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
Examples of penetrate in a Sentence
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.
The United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) has sent 30 staff with equipment to help penetrate the cave walls.
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.
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
When Lauren Manaker cause damage to cell membranes, Lauren Manaker are impacting the ability of the sperm to attach, penetrate and activate the complex fertilization process.
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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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