Dictionary.com

permeate

[ pur-mee-eyt ]
/ 藞p蓽r mi藢e瑟t /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: permeate / permeated / permeates / permeating on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between 鈥渁ffect鈥 and 鈥渆ffect.鈥
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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

OTHER WORDS FROM permeate

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2022

MORE ABOUT PERMEATE

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.

Did you know ... ?

What are some other forms related to permeate?

What are some synonyms for permeate?

What are some words that share a root or word element with permeate?聽

 

What are some words that often get used in discussing permeate?

How is聽permeate used in real life?

Permeate can be used in the context of tangible, intangible, and abstract things.

 

 

Try using聽permeate!

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

permeate
/ (藞p蓽藧m瑟藢e瑟t) /

verb
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for permeate

permeate
[ p没rm膿-膩t鈥 ]

v.
To spread or flow throughout; pervade.
To pass through the openings or interstices of, as a liquid through a membrane.
n.
One that can permeate.

Other words from permeate

perme鈥nt (-蓹nt) null adj.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK