Penetrate meaning

pĕnĭ-trāt
To enter or pass into something.

The drill penetrated into the wood.

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To penetrate is to pass into or through something.

An example of penetrate is when you force your way into a secured zone and successfully gain entry.

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To enter, pass into, or force a way into.

The needle penetrated the skin. Light penetrated the forest canopy. The soldiers penetrated enemy territory.

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To enter (an organization, for example), usually surreptitiously, so as to gain influence or information; infiltrate.
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To enter and gain a share of (a market).

Penetrated the home-computer market with an affordable new model.

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To grasp the significance of; understand.

Penetrate the workings of the immune system.

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To see through.

Keen eyes that penetrate the darkness.

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To have an effect or influence, especially on the mind or emotions.

The culture of celebrity has penetrated into everyone's awareness.

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To gain insight.

Tried to penetrate into the nature of the mind.

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To see into, or into the interior of.

To penetrate the darkness.

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To have an effect throughout; spread through; permeate.
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To affect or move deeply.
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To grasp mentally; understand.
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To make a way into or through something; pierce.
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To have a marked effect on the mind or emotions.
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Origin of penetrate

  • Latin penetrāre penetrāt- from penitus deeply

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition