- 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.
transitive verbpermeated, permeating
Origin of permeate; from Classical Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare ; from per, through + meare, to glide, flow, pass ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mei-, to go, change, wander from source Czech mijeti, to pass by
verbper·me·at·ed, per·me·at·ing, per·me·ates
- To pass through the openings or interstices of: liquid permeating a membrane.
- To spread or flow throughout; pervade: “Our thinking is permeated by our historical myths” (Freeman J. Dyson). See Synonyms at imbue.
Origin of permeateLatin permeāre, permeāt-, to penetrate : per-, through; see per– + meāre, to pass; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
- per′me·ant , per′me·a′tive
(third-person singular simple present permeates, present participle permeating, simple past and past participle permeated)
- A watery by-product of milk production.
Latin permeātus, participle of permeāre, meaning to pass through.