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English verb: permeate

1. permeate (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, penetrate, pervade, riddle

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)spiritise, spiritize

2. permeate (contact) pass through

SamplesWater permeates sand easily.

Synonymsfilter, percolate, sink in

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)infiltrate, infiltrate

3. permeate (contact) penetrate mutually or be interlocked

SamplesThe territories of two married people interpenetrate a lot.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)invade

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