Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
    she was penetrated with sorrow
  2. (verb, cognition) come to understand
  3. (verb, contact) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  4. (verb, contact) spread or diffuse through
    music penetrated the entire building
    His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks
  5. (verb, contact) insert the penis into the vagina or anus of
  6. (verb, motion) make one's way deeper into or through
  7. (verb, social) enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members

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Origin of the word Penetrate

  1. 1412 (implied in penetrable), from L. penetratus, pp. of penetrare "to put or get into, enter into," related to penitus "within, inmost," penus "innermost part of a temple, store of food," penates "household gods." Penetration is first attested 1605, from L. penetrationem (nom. penetratio) "a penetrating or piercing… more

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Words that sound like Penetrate

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