Penetrate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpenətreɪt|  American pronunciation of the word penetrate
Brit.  |ˈpɛnɪtreɪt|  British pronunciation of the word penetrate
- pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance (syn: perforate)
- come to understand (syn: bottom, fathom)
- become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions (syn: click, dawn, get across, get through)
- enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members (syn: infiltrate)
- make one's way deeper into or through
- insert the penis into the vagina or anus of
- spread or diffuse through (syn: diffuse, imbue, interpenetrate, permeate, pervade, riddle)

Examples

These bullets can penetrate armor.

radiation penetrating the Earth's atmosphere

The bullet failed to penetrate.

The heat penetrated through the wall.

The roots of these plants have been known to penetrate to a depth of more than 15 feet.

My car's headlights couldn't penetrate the dense fog.

The water has penetrating into the bedrooms.

These new ideas are penetrating into the framework of society.

The knife wound penetrated to the bone.

The light couldn't penetrate through the mist.

The darkness was so dense that the sight could not penetrate it.

All his poems seem to be penetrated with the idea of death and hopelessness.

He was penetrated with awe.

The US and other Western countries were widely penetrated by KGB agents.

Sunlight barely penetrated the dirty windows.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: penetrate
he/she/it: penetrates
present participle: penetrating
past tense: penetrated
past participle: penetrated
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