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penetrate

[ pen-i-treyt ]
/ 藞p蓻n 瑟藢tre瑟t /
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verb (used with object), pen路e路trat路ed, pen路e路trat路ing.
verb (used without object), pen路e路trat路ed, pen路e路trat路ing.
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Origin of penetrate

1520鈥30; <Latin penetr膩tus (past participle of penetr膩re), equivalent to penet-, variant stem of penitus deep down + -r- (probably by analogy with intus inside: intr膩re to enter) + -膩tus + -ate1

synonym study for penetrate

1. See pierce.

OTHER WORDS FROM penetrate

pen路e路tra路tor, nounpre路pen路e路trate, verb (used with object), pre路pen路e路trat路ed, pre路pen路e路trat路ing.un路pen路e路trat路ed, adjective
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How to use penetrate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for penetrate

penetrate
/ (藞p蓻n瑟藢tre瑟t) /

verb
to find or force a way into or through (something); pierce; enter
to diffuse through (a substance); permeate
(tr) to see throughtheir eyes could not penetrate the fog
(tr) (of a man) to insert the penis into the vagina of (a woman)
(tr) to grasp the meaning of (a principle, etc)
(intr) to be understoodhis face lit up as the new idea penetrated

Derived forms of penetrate

Word Origin for penetrate

C16: from Latin penetr膩re; related to penitus inner, and penus the interior of a house
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