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INFILTRATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does infiltrate mean? 

INFILTRATE (verb)
  The verb INFILTRATE has 4 senses:

1. cause (a liquid) to enter by penetrating the interstices
2. enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members
3. pass into or through by filtering or permeating
4. pass through an enemy line; in a military conflict

  Familiarity information: INFILTRATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INFILTRATE (verb)


Sense 1infiltrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause (a liquid) to enter by penetrating the interstices

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "infiltrate" is one way to...):

filter; percolate; permeate; sink in (pass through)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2infiltrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

infiltrate; penetrate

Context example:

The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor

Hypernyms (to "infiltrate" is one way to...):

fall in; get together; join (become part of; become a member of a group or organization)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3infiltrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass into or through by filtering or permeating

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

the substance infiltrated the material

Hypernyms (to "infiltrate" is one way to...):

filter; percolate; permeate; sink in (pass through)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4infiltrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass through an enemy line; in a military conflict

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

pass through; infiltrate

Hypernyms (to "infiltrate" is one way to...):

go across; go through; pass (go across or through)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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