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PERMEATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does permeate mean? 

PERMEATE (verb)
  The verb PERMEATE has 3 senses:

1. spread or diffuse through
2. pass through
3. penetrate mutually or be interlocked

  Familiarity information: PERMEATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERMEATE (verb)


Sense 1permeate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spread or diffuse through

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pervade; permeate; imbue; interpenetrate; diffuse; 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 "permeate" is one way to...):

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

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

spiritise; spiritize (imbue with a spirit)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2permeate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass through

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

filter; permeate; sink in; percolate

Context example:

Water permeates sand easily

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

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

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

infiltrate (pass into or through by filtering or permeating)

infiltrate (cause (a liquid) to enter by penetrating the interstices)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 3permeate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Penetrate mutually or be interlocked

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

interpenetrate; permeate

Context example:

The territories of two married people interpenetrate a lot

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

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

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

invade (penetrate or assault, in a harmful or injurious way)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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