[ pur-mee-eyt ]
/ 藞p蓽r mi藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), per路me路at路ed, per路me路at路ing.
to pass into or through every part of: Bright sunshine permeated the room.
to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of.
to be diffused through; pervade; saturate: Cynicism permeated his report.
verb (used without object), per路me路at路ed, per路me路at路ing.
to become diffused; penetrate.
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Origin of permeate

First recorded in 1650鈥60; from Latin perme膩tus, past participle of perme膩re 鈥渢o pass through鈥; see origin at per-, meatus


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What does聽permeate mean?

Permeate means to penetrate, pass through, and often become widespread throughout something. Similar words are pervade and saturate.

Permeate can be used both in the context of the physical spread of something within a space and in more figurative ways. Dye permeates fabric. A smell can permeate a room. An idea can permeate someone鈥檚 mind.

The adjective permeable means capable of being permeated, especially by liquids or gases, as in Permeable surfaces should be sealed to prevent leaks. The adjective permeating describes things that have permeated or have the ability to permeate, as in Social media has become a permeating aspect of our lives.

Example: This material has a special coating that won鈥檛 allow anything to permeate its surface.

Where does聽permeate come from?

The first records of the word permeate come from the mid-1600s. It comes from the Latin verb perme膩re, meaning 鈥渢o pass through.鈥

Things that permeate often pass through some barrier or threshold鈥攑hysical or otherwise鈥攁nd then spread out. In physical contexts, this often involves liquids and gases. It can also be applied to intangible things, like flavors or smells, and abstract things, such as ideas, trends, and aspects of culture.

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of permeate?

A. saturate
B. pervade
C. penetrate
D. block

How to use permeate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for permeate

/ (藞p蓽藧m瑟藢e瑟t) /

to penetrate or pervade (a substance, area, etc)a lovely smell permeated the room
to pass through or cause to pass through by osmosis or diffusionto permeate a membrane

Derived forms of permeate

permeation, nounpermeative, adjective

Word Origin for permeate

C17: from Latin perme膩re, from per- through + me膩re to pass
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