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.

  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.

ChatGPT

  1. penetrate

    To penetrate is to succeed or manage to enter, access or infiltrate a place, group, or area that is usually difficult to access. It can also refer to completely understanding or grasping a complex idea. In physics, it can mean to pass into or through a material or object.

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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  1. Verbs Frequency

    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. The American Academy of Dermatology:

    Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate the clouds.

  2. February NASA:

    These clouds are so thick that even Hubble’s infrared capability could not penetrate them.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Kellie Mulhollen Dumas:

    We have suffered so much, i do n’t want anyone else to go through this ; he’s going to be permanently scarred. WOMAN CLAIMS SHE NEARLY LOST LEG AFTER CONTRACTING SERIOUS INFECTION FROM PEDICURE Hookworms are known as soil-transmitted parasite worms, and typically live in the small intestine. The eggs are transmitted through feces of an infected person, and the larvae can mature into a form that can penetrate through the skin of humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC), hookworm infection is mainly acquired by walking barefoot on contaminated soil. While most patients do not suffer any symptoms or side effects, some may experience gastrointestinal issues. The teen allegedly felt the worms moving throughout his body after a dermatologist tried to freeze them. ( Kelli Mulhollen Dumas Facebook) In a series of graphic photos posted on Friday, Kellie Mulhollen Dumas detailed her son’s injuries and said that after four trips to the pediatrician and an appointment with a dermatologist, he has been prescribed several medicines and a steroid but the pain persists. Kelli Mulhollen Dumas Facebook -RRB- still ca n’t wear shoes and has to soak the afflicted areas in bleach water. NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN DIES AFTER YELLOW JACKET STING, WIFE SAYS.

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