Penetrate Definition

penetrated, penetrates, penetrating
penetrated, penetrates, penetrating
To enter and gain a share of (a market).
Penetrated the home-computer market with an affordable new model.
American Heritage
To enter, pass into, or force a way into.
The needle penetrated the skin. Light penetrated the forest canopy. The soldiers penetrated enemy territory.
American Heritage
To see into, or into the interior of.
To penetrate the darkness.
Webster's New World
To grasp the significance of; understand.
Penetrate the workings of the immune system.
American Heritage
To grasp mentally; understand.
Webster's New World

Origin of Penetrate

  • Latin penetrāre penetrāt- from penitus deeply

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

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