- Permeate is defined as to get into, soak into or spread throughout.
An example of permeate is when you smell baking cookies everywhere in the house.
permeate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare ; from per, through plush meare, to glide, flow, pass ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mei-, to go, change, wander from source Czech mijeti, to pass by
permeate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb per·me·at·ed, per·me·at·ing, per·me·ates verb, transitive
- To spread or flow throughout; pervade: “Our thinking is permeated by our historical myths” (Freeman J. Dyson). See Synonyms at charge.
- To pass through the openings or interstices of: liquid permeating a membrane.
Origin: Latin permeāre, permeāt-, to penetrate : per-, through; see per- + meāre, to pass; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
- perˈme·ant , perˈme·aˌtive adjective
- perˌme·aˈtion noun
permeate - Medical Definition
- To spread or flow throughout; pervade.
- To pass through the openings or interstices of, as a liquid through a membrane.
- permeant , perˈme·aˌtive adjective