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Synonyms for penetrate
ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. penetrate, perforate(verb)

    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

    "The bullet penetrated her chest"

    Synonyms:
    punch, click, imbue, riddle, dawn, infiltrate, permeate, perforate, diffuse, sink in, come home, get through, bottom, fall into place, fathom, pervade, get across, interpenetrate

  2. penetrate, fathom, bottom(verb)

    come to understand

    Synonyms:
    click, imbue, riddle, dawn, infiltrate, permeate, perforate, diffuse, sink in, come home, get through, bottom, fall into place, fathom, sound, pervade, get across, interpenetrate

  3. click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place(verb)

    become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions

    "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow"

    Synonyms:
    pass over, put over, get over, flick, wrap up, come through, percolate, contact, pervade, cut across, infiltrate, bottom, snap, finish up, tick, reach, interpenetrate, permeate, get hold of, finish off, polish off, cut through, mop up, fall into place, cluck, filter, come home, while away, perforate, traverse, dawn, click, diffuse, sink in, clear up, cover, cross, riddle, get across, fathom, chatter, imbue, get through, track, clack

  4. infiltrate, penetrate(verb)

    enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members

    "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"

    Synonyms:
    click, imbue, pass through, dawn, infiltrate, permeate, perforate, diffuse, sink in, riddle, come home, get through, bottom, fall into place, fathom, pervade, get across, interpenetrate

  5. penetrate(verb)

    make one's way deeper into or through

    "The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"

    Synonyms:
    click, imbue, riddle, dawn, infiltrate, permeate, perforate, diffuse, sink in, come home, get through, bottom, fall into place, fathom, pervade, get across, interpenetrate

  6. penetrate(verb)

    insert the penis into the vagina or anus of

    "Did the molester penetrate the child?"

    Synonyms:
    click, imbue, riddle, dawn, infiltrate, permeate, perforate, diffuse, sink in, come home, get through, bottom, fall into place, fathom, pervade, get across, interpenetrate

  7. permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle(verb)

    spread or diffuse through

    "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"

    Synonyms:
    fall into place, circulate, spread, infiltrate, interpenetrate, sink in, soak, bottom, disperse, circularize, propagate, pass around, riddle, spread out, filter, come home, disseminate, perforate, dawn, hue, click, diffuse, broadcast, screen, distribute, percolate, fan out, circularise, get across, fathom, imbue, get through, permeate, pervade

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. penetrate

    Synonyms:
    pierce, enter, enter into, reach, permeate, make one's way, disclose, fathom

Editors Contribution

  1. pierce, puncture, make a hole in

    a stick into

    the addict will sometimes penetrate his arm with a syringe to inject drugs directly into his blood stream.

    Submitted by rinat on June 1, 2017  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. penetrate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    pierce, perforate, bore, enter, transfix

  2. penetrate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    discern, understand, comprehend

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. penetrate(v)

    Synonyms:
    pierce, perforate, comprehend, understand, explore, interpenetrate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "penetrate":

    enter, infiltrate, penetration, breakthrough, permeate, penetrates

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How to use penetrate in a sentence?

  1. February NASA:

    The red stars are either embedded or shrouded by intervening dust, these clouds are so thick that even Hubble’s infrared capability could not penetrate them.

  2. Susanne Pors:

    The follicle is formed during fetal life [ when no cancer is present ] and is surrounded by a basal membrane that does not allow cancer cells to penetrate.

  3. Lu Yen:

    The secret of the magic of life consists in using action in order to attain non-action. One must not wish to leap over everything and penetrate directly.

  4. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    One of the things that constantly surprises me is, wherever people seem to go on the planet, there's life, anywhere we go on Earth, life has figured out a way to penetrate that niche and take advantage of some aspect of that environment.

  5. Charles Cooley:

    There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.

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