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Synonyms for penetrate
ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪtpen·e·trate

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. penetrate

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. penetrate, perforateverb

    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, bottomverb

    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 placeverb

    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, penetrateverb

    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. penetrateverb

    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. penetrateverb

    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, riddleverb

    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

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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. penetrateverb

    Synonyms:
    pierce, perforate, bore, enter, transfix

  2. penetrateverb

    Synonyms:
    discern, understand, comprehend

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. penetrateverb

    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. Malcolm McCulloch:

    It is at a depth where light can’t penetrate, making a dark water column where there are no signs of light from above or below.

  2. Charles Cooley:

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

  3. Plato, from a footnote in The Colloquy of Monos and Una, Edgar Allen Poe:

    It will be hard to discover a better [method of education] than that which the experience of so many ages has already discovered, and this may be summed up as consisting in gymnastics for the body, and _music_ for the soul... For this reason is a musical education so essential; since it causes Rhythm and Harmony to penetrate most intimately into the soul, taking the strongest hold upon it, filling it with _beauty_ and making the man _beautiful-minded_.

  4. Isaac Watts:

    Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly, with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.

  5. 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.


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