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penetrate

verb (v)

  • pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance (verb.contact)
    Synonym: perforate
    Example:
    The bullet penetrated her chest.
    source: wordnet30
  • come to understand (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: bottom, fathom
    source: wordnet30
  • become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    She was penetrated with sorrow.
    source: wordnet30
  • enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members (verb.social)
    Synonym: infiltrate
    source: wordnet30
  • make one's way deeper into or through (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest.
    source: wordnet30
  • insert the penis into the vagina or anus of (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Did the molester penetrate the child?.
    source: wordnet30
  • spread or diffuse through (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Music penetrated the entire building.
    source: wordnet30
  • To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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