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English adjective: perforate

1. perforate having a hole cut through

SamplesPierced ears.
A perforated eardrum.
A punctured balloon.

Synonymsperforated, pierced, punctured



English verb: perforate

1. perforate (contact) make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation

SamplesPerforate the sheets of paper.


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

Broader (hypernym)pierce

2. perforate (contact) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

SamplesThe bullet penetrated her chest.


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

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