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English Dictionary: penetrate by the DICT Development Group
3 results for penetrate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
    Synonym(s): penetrate, perforate
  2. come to understand
    Synonym(s): penetrate, fathom, bottom
  3. become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow"
    Synonym(s): click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place
  4. enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members; "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"
    Synonym(s): infiltrate, penetrate
  5. make one's way deeper into or through; "The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"
  6. insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the molester penetrate the child?"
  7. 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"
    Synonym(s): permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Penetrate \Pen"e*trate\, v. i.
      To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively.
               Preparing to penetrate to the north and west. --J. R.
               Born where Heaven's influence scarce can penetrate.
               The sweet of life that penetrates so near. --Daniel.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Penetrate \Pen"e*trate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penetrated}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Penetrating}.] [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.]
      1. To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect
            an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates
      2. 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. --Shak.
                     The translator of Homer should penetrate himself
                     with a sense of the plainness and directness of
                     Homer's style.                                    --M. Arnold.
      3. 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.
                     Things which here were too subtile for us to
                     penetrate.                                          --Ray.
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