interpenetrate

[in-ter-pen-i-treyt]

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.

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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interpenetrate

verb

to penetrate (something) thoroughly; pervade
to penetrate each other or one another mutually
Derived Formsinterpenetrable, adjectiveinterpenetrant, adjectiveinterpenetration, nouninterpenetrative, adjectiveinterpenetratively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interpenetration
n.

1809, from inter- + penetration.

interpenetrate

v.

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

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