- that can penetrate: a penetrating oil
- sharp; piercing: a penetrating sound or smell
- keen or acute; discerning: a penetrating mind
- Able or seeming to penetrate: The penetrating odor of garlic soon filled the entire apartment.
- Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute: The lecture provided penetrating insight into foreign affairs.
(comparative more penetrating, superlative most penetrating)
- Present participle of penetrate.
Variant of penetrate
transitive verbpenetrated, penetrating
- 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 of penetrate; 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) + (in)trare, enter
- to make a way into or through something; pierce
- to have a marked effect on the mind or emotions