AskDefine | Define penetrate

Dictionary Definition

penetrate

Verb

1 pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest" [syn: perforate]
2 come to understand [syn: fathom, bottom]
3 become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow" [syn: click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, fall into place]
4 enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members; "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor" [syn: infiltrate]
5 make one's way deeper into ar through; "The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"
6 insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the molester penetrate the child?"
7 spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building" [syn: permeate, pervade, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. Manage to get through.
  2. To insert a penis into an opening, such as a vagina.

Derived terms

Translations

manage to get through

Italian

Verb

penetrate
  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, penetrare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, penetrare#Italian|penetrare

Extensive Definition

Penetration can refer to:
Popular culture
penetrate in German: Penetration
penetrate in Polish: Penetracja

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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