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. Anne Marie Mahon:

    If the fibers are there, it is possible that the nanoparticles are there too that we ca n’t measure, once they are in the nanometer range they can really penetrate a cell and that means they can penetrate organs, and that would be worrying.

  2. Isaac Watts:

    Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly, with mere appearances but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.

  3. February NASA:

    The red stars are either embedded or shrouded by intervening dust, these clouds are so thick that even Hubble’s infrared capability could not penetrate them.

  4. 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.

  5. Chris Collins:

    It's a little ironic that there's all this worry about 5G, because the difference is that 5G is going to operate at higher frequencies, it will actually not penetrate as deep into the body... it really doesn't get past the skin.

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