penetrate

  • 1 Penetrate — Pen e*trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penetrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Penetrating}.] [L. penetratus, p. p. of penetrare to penetrate; akin to penitus inward, inwardly, and perh. to pens with, in the power of, penus store of food, innermost part of a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 penetrate — pen‧e‧trate [ˈpentreɪt] verb [transitive] MARKETING if a company penetrates a new market or area, it starts selling goods or services in that market or area: • The company has been struggling to penetrate the US market. * * * penetrate UK US… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Penetrate — Pen e*trate, v. i. To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster] Preparing to penetrate to the north and west. J. R. Green. [1913 Webster] Born where Heaven s influence scarce can penetrate. Pope. [1913 Webster] The… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 penetrate — [pen′i trāt΄] vt. penetrated, penetrating [< L penetratus, pp. of penetrare, to pierce into, penetrate < base of penitus, inward, far within (< penus, store of food, storeroom, sanctuary of temple of Vesta < IE base * pen , to feed,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 penetrate — [v1] pierce; get through physically access, barge in, bayonet, blow in, bore, break in, breeze in, bust in, charge, come, crack, diffuse, drill, drive, eat through, encroach, enter, filter in, force, get in, gore, go through, impale, infiltrate,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 penetrate — I verb absorb, bore, break into, burst in upon, cut through, empierce, enter, erupt, fill, filter in, flow in, force a passage, give entrance to, go through, gore, imbrue, impale, impregnate, infiltrate, inflow, inject, insert, interfuse, lance,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 penetrate — early 15c. (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. Related: Penetrated; penetrating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 penetrate — 1 *enter, pierce, probe Analogous words: invade, entrench, encroach, *trespass: *perforate, puncture, bore, prick 2 pervade, impenetrate, interpenetrate, *permeate, impregnate, saturate Analogous words: insert, insinuate, interpolate, introduce:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 penetrate — ► VERB 1) force a way into or through. 2) infiltrate (an enemy organization or a competitor s market). 3) understand or gain insight into. 4) (penetrating) (of a sound) clearly heard through or above other sounds. 5) (of a man) insert the penis… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 penetrate — [[t]pe̱nɪtreɪt[/t]] penetrates, penetrating, penetrated 1) VERB If something or someone penetrates a physical object or an area, they succeed in getting into it or passing through it. [V n] X rays can penetrate many objects... [V n] His men had… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 penetrate */*/ — UK [ˈpenəˌtreɪt] / US verb Word forms penetrate : present tense I/you/we/they penetrate he/she/it penetrates present participle penetrating past tense penetrated past participle penetrated 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to get inside an object… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 penetrate — verb ADVERB ▪ deep, deeply, far ▪ caves penetrating deep into the hills ▪ completely, fully ▪ barely …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 penetrate — 01. The bullet [penetrated] the policeman s protective vest, but didn t cause any serious injury. 02. Demonstrators have been trying to [penetrate] the restricted area where the leaders of the richest countries are meeting to discuss economic… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 penetrate — pen|e|trate [ penə,treıt ] verb ** ▸ 1 get through something & get in ▸ 2 be felt, etc. through something ▸ 3 be heard/understood ▸ 4 join to learn secrets ▸ 5 put penis into body ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) intransitive or transitive to get inside an… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 penetrate — v. 1) to penetrate deeply 2) (D; intr.) to penetrate into (our troops penetrated deeply into enemy lines) * * * [ penɪtreɪt] to penetrate deeply (D; intr.) to penetrate into (our troops penetrated deeply into enemy lines) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 penetrate — pen|e|trate [ˈpenıtreıt] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(go through)¦ 2¦(business)¦ 3¦(organization)¦ 4¦(understand)¦ 5¦(sex)¦ 6¦(see through)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of penetrare] 1.) ¦(GO THROUGH)¦ [I …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 penetrate — verb 1 GO THROUGH (I, T) to enter something or pass through it, especially when this is difficult: shells that penetrate thick armour plating (+ into): Explorers penetrated into unknown regions. 2 BUSINESS (T) to start to sell things to an area… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 penetrate — penetrator, n. /pen i trayt /, v., penetrated, penetrating. v.t. 1. to pierce or pass into or through: The bullet penetrated the wall. The fog lights penetrated the mist. 2. to enter the interior of: to penetrate a forest. 3. to enter and diffuse …

    Universalium

  • 19 penetrate — v. 1 tr. a find access into or through, esp. forcibly. b (usu. foll. by with) imbue (a person or thing) with; permeate. 2 tr. see into, find out, or discern (a person s mind, the truth, a meaning, etc.). 3 tr. see through (darkness, fog, etc.)… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 penetrate — To pierce; to pass into the deeper tissues or into a cavity. * * * pen·e·trate pen ə .trāt vb, trat·ed; trat·ing vt 1) to pass into or through <enzymes that help the sperm penetrate the zona pellucida (Anna Maria Gillis)> 2) to insert the… …

    Medical dictionary


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