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 permeÄtus, participle of permeÄre, meaning to pass through.