- To penetrate is to pass into or through something.
An example of penetrate is when you force your way into a secured zone and successfully gain entry.
penetrate definition by Webster's New World
- to pass into; find or force a way into or through; enter by or as by piercing
- to insert the penis into (the vagina or anus) of
- to see into, or into the interior of: to penetrate the darkness
- to have an effect throughout; spread through; permeate
- to affect or move deeply
- to grasp mentally; understand
Origin: ; from Classical Latin penetratus, past participle of penetrare, to pierce into, penetrate ; from base of penitus, inward, far within (; from penus, store of food, storeroom, sanctuary of temple of Vesta ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pen-, to feed, food) plush (in)trare, enter
- to make a way into or through something; pierce
- to have a marked effect on the mind or emotions
penetrate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pen·e·trat·ed, pen·e·trat·ing, pen·e·trates verb, transitive
- To enter or force a way into; pierce.
- a. To enter into and permeate: The insistent rhythm of piano practice penetrated each room of the house.b. To cause to be permeated or diffused; steep.
- To insert the penis into the vagina or anus of.
- To enter (an organization, for example), usually surreptitiously, so as to gain influence or information; infiltrate.
- To enter and gain a share of (a market): penetrated the home-computer market with an affordable new model.
- To grasp the inner significance of; understand.
- To see through: keen eyes that penetrate the darkness.
- To affect deeply, as by piercing the consciousness or emotions.
- To pierce or enter into something; make a way in or through something.
- To gain admittance or access.
- To gain insight.
Origin: Latin penetrāre, penetrāt-, from penitus, deeply.
- penˈe·traˌtor noun