interpenetrate

[ in-ter-pen-i-treyt ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·ter·pen·e·trat·ed, in·ter·pen·e·trat·ing.

to penetrate thoroughly; permeate.
to penetrate with (something else) mutually or reciprocally.

verb (used without object), in·ter·pen·e·trat·ed, in·ter·pen·e·trat·ing.

to penetrate between things or parts.
to penetrate each other.

Nearby words

  1. interpeduncular nucleus,
  2. interpellant,
  3. interpellate,
  4. interpellation,
  5. interpelviabdominal amputation,
  6. interpenetration,
  7. interpersonal,
  8. interpersonal theory,
  9. interpersonal therapy,
  10. interphalangeal joint

Origin of interpenetrate

First recorded in 1800–10; inter- + penetrate

Related formsin·ter·pen·e·tra·ble [in-ter-pen-i-truh-buh l] /ˌɪn tərˈpɛn ɪ trə bəl/, adjectivein·ter·pen·e·trant, adjectivein·ter·pen·e·tra·tion, nounin·ter·pen·e·tra·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for interpenetrate

interpenetrate

/ (ˌɪntəˈpɛnɪˌtreɪt) /

verb

to penetrate (something) thoroughly; pervade
to penetrate each other or one another mutually
Derived Forms
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Word Origin and History for interpenetrate

interpenetrate

v.

1809, from inter- + penetrate. Related: Interpenetrated; interpenetrating.

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