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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. Clemens Binninger:

    Gerhard Schindler said. But German secret service officials have observed a disturbing new trend that combines the two threats. Radicals already in Germany are increasingly trying to penetrate the shelters that hold desperate and increasingly volatile refugees who made it to Germany. They have to be careful, because indigenous Islamists and Salafists could try to take advantage of the desperation of the refugees and to achieve their fanatical ideas, said Clemens Binninger, a member of Parliament. Much of the fear has been driven by the fact that ISIS has clearly stated its plan to send jihadists to Western Europe amid the refugee wave. Fighters with valid documents from European Union countries can enter and exit without being detected, and ISIS has reportedly seized hundreds of Syrian blank passports. As a result, European jihadists could be returning amid the wave, and fighters from Syria and Iraq could be sneaking into Western Europe under humanitarian cover, where they can slip into society using doctored documents. Assassins of Paris, of Brussels and the train between Paris and Amsterdam were either radicalized European Muslims or European jihadists, returned from the battlefields, they're making contact with the network of political Salafists, which have been previously recruited to ISIS. Turkey, a European Union member which has taken in an estimated 2 million refugees from Syria, blasted European nations for turning away refugees and making the continent a.

  2. Yaakov Amidror:

    What I can say is that Hezbollah is a major enemy of Israel, and if indeed Israel managed to penetrate Hezbollah’s apparatus so deeply, then that should give Hezbollah pause.

  3. 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.

  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. Plato, from a footnote in The Colloquy of Monos and Una, Edgar Allen Poe:

    It will be hard to discover a better [method of education] than that which the experience of so many ages has already discovered, and this may be summed up as consisting in gymnastics for the body, and _music_ for the soul... For this reason is a musical education so essential; since it causes Rhythm and Harmony to penetrate most intimately into the soul, taking the strongest hold upon it, filling it with _beauty_ and making the man _beautiful-minded_.

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