Permeate meaning

pûr'mē-āt'
To pass into or through and affect every part of; penetrate and spread through.

Ink permeates blotting paper; a society that is permeated with idealism.

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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.

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To pass through the openings or interstices of.

Liquid permeating a membrane.

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To spread through or penetrate something.
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To spread or flow throughout; pervade.
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To spread or diffuse; penetrate.
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To pass through the openings or interstices of.

Liquid permeating a membrane.

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To spread through or penetrate something.
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To pass through the pores or interstices of; to penetrate and pass through without causing rupture or displacement; -- applied especially to fluids which pass through substances of loose texture; as, water permeates sand.
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To enter and spread through; to pervade.
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A watery by-product of milk production.
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Origin of permeate

  • Latin permeāre permeāt- to penetrate per- through per– meāre to pass mei-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin permeātus, participle of permeāre, meaning to pass through.
    From Wiktionary