What does penetrate mean?

Definitions for penetrate
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.

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

  2. penetrateverb

    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. penetrateverb

    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. Penetrateverb

    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. 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

    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. 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

    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. Penetrateverb

    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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    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. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    There is nothing to romanticize about the cold and bitter darkness of the night. What keeps us going through is the Hope that soon the night will end, and the first bright ray of Sun will penetrate the darkness to illuminate our world. No matter how long and lonesome that night could be, the reality is that it will end eventually. It's the Hope that keeps us going through those miserable dark patches. That's why it's important to never lose Hope. Dum vita est, spes est! As long as there is life, there is Hope!

  2. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    One of the things that constantly surprises me is, wherever people seem to go on the planet, there's life, anywhere we go on Earth, life has figured out a way to penetrate that niche and take advantage of some aspect of that environment.

  3. 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.

  4. Ye Htut:

    Despite requests for peaceful negotiations, student protesters tried to penetrate the police blockade and the police were legally obligated to disperse them.

  5. The Florida Fish:

    Because K. brevis cannot tolerate low-salinity waters for very long, blooms usually remain in salty coastal waters and do not penetrate upper reaches of estuaries, however, other harmful algae, including cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), typically bloom in freshwater lakes and rivers.

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