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PENETRATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does penetrate mean? 

PENETRATE (verb)
  The verb PENETRATE has 7 senses:

1. pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
2. come to understand
3. become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
4. enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members
5. make one's way deeper into or through
6. insert the penis into the vagina or anus of
7. spread or diffuse through

  Familiarity information: PENETRATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PENETRATE (verb)


Sense 1penetrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

penetrate; perforate

Context example:

The bullet penetrated her chest

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

come in; enter; get in; get into; go in; go into; move into (to come or go into)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "penetrate"):

dig into; poke into; probe (examine physically with or as if with a probe)

pierce; thrust (penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument)

pierce (cut or make a way through)

tunnel (force a way through)

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

grain; ingrain (thoroughly work in)

immerse; plunge (thrust or throw into)

force; storm (take by force)

ooze through (run slowly and gradually)

pierce (make a hole into)

honeycomb (penetrate thoroughly and into every part)

cut (penetrate injuriously)

interpenetrate; permeate (penetrate mutually or be interlocked)

strike (pierce with force)

break (pierce or penetrate)

foray (briefly enter enemy territory)

poke into (enter briefly)

creep in; sneak in (enter surreptitiously)

diffuse; imbue; interpenetrate; penetrate; permeate; pervade; riddle (spread or diffuse through)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2penetrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come to understand

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

fathom; penetrate; bottom

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

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3penetrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

come home; dawn; fall into place; sink in; get across; penetrate; get through; click

Context examples:

It dawned on him that she had betrayed him / she was penetrated with sorrow

Cause:

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4penetrate [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 "penetrate" 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 5penetrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make one's way deeper into or through

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest

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

advance; go on; march on; move on; pass on; progress (move forward, also in the metaphorical sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 6penetrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insert the penis into the vagina or anus of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

Did the molester penetrate the child?

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

enter; infix; insert; introduce (put or introduce into something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7penetrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spread or diffuse through

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pervade; imbue; permeate; diffuse; interpenetrate; riddle; penetrate

Context examples:

An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration / music penetrated the entire building / His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks

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

penetrate; perforate (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "penetrate"):

spiritise; spiritize (imbue with a spirit)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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