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English verb: penetrate

1. penetrate (contact) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance


SamplesThe bullet penetrated her chest.


Synonymsperforate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)come in, enter, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into


Narrower (hyponym)break, creep in, cut, diffuse, dig into, filter, foray, force, grain, honeycomb, imbue, immerse, ingrain, interpenetrate, interpenetrate, ooze through, penetrate, percolate, permeate, permeate, permeate, pervade, pierce, pierce, pierce, plunge, poke into, poke into, probe, riddle, sink in, sneak in, storm, strike, thrust, tunnel

2. penetrate (cognition) come to understand


Synonymsbottom, fathom


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)understand

3. penetrate (cognition) become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions


SamplesIt dawned on him that she had betrayed him.
She was penetrated with sorrow.


Synonymsclick, come home, dawn, fall into place, get across, get through, sink in


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Causeunderstand

4. penetrate (social) enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members


SamplesThe student organization was infiltrated by a traitor.


Synonymsinfiltrate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fall in, get together, join

5. penetrate (motion) make one's way deeper into or through


SamplesThe hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress

6. penetrate (contact) insert the penis into the vagina or anus of


SamplesDid the molester penetrate the child?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)enter, infix, insert, introduce

7. penetrate (contact) spread or diffuse through


SamplesAn atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration.
Music penetrated the entire building.
His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks.


Synonymsdiffuse, imbue, interpenetrate, permeate, pervade, riddle


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate


Narrower (hyponym)spiritise, spiritize









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