- 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.
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
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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