- 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.
- to become diffused; penetrate.
Origin of permeate
Related Words for permeatesuffuse, seep, saturate, impregnate, pervade, percolate, infuse, penetrate, steep, invade, infiltrate, imbue, drench, pierce, ingrain, soak, charge, stalk, stab, transfuse
Examples from the Web for permeate
Contemporary Examples of permeate
As AOL evolved, this ethos of personalization began to permeate the entire user experience.We're All Still Secretly Using Our 1990s AOL Screen Names. Why?
January 23, 2014
The colors, lines, and shapes that permeate the film are truly a sight to behold.A Debate About Paul Thomas Anderson’s Movie ‘The Master’
Ramin Setoodeh, Marlow Stern
September 14, 2012
But its presence speaks to the contradictions that permeate Muslim society.Osama's Dirty Mind
Asra Q. Nomani
May 14, 2011
The New York Times editorial page does not permeate across all of America.
But it seems fair to say they permeate his thinking, and past slights have not been forgotten.
Historical Examples of permeate
It is this which enables fire and air to permeate the flesh.Timaeus
The fumes of bad tobacco and whisky began to permeate the closet.Canoe Boys and Campfires
William Murray Graydon
When they are counted by hundreds, we can permeate and trim and compromise.British Socialism
J. Ellis Barker
The truth that he taught was a truth that was to permeate every thought and every act of life.The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit
Ralph Waldo Trine
The aromatic quality of the odours that permeate the air suggests that word.From sketch-book and diary
- 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
Word Origin for permeate
1650s, from Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare "to pass through" (see permeable). Related: Permeated; permeating.
- To spread or flow throughout; pervade.
- To pass through the openings or interstices of, as a liquid through a membrane.
- One that can permeate.