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UK [ˈpenəˌtreɪt] / US verb
Word forms "penetrate":
present tense I/you/we/they penetrate he/she/it penetrates present participle penetrating past tense penetrated past participle penetrated
1)
a) [intransitive/transitive] to get inside an object or body by getting through something

A piece of glass had penetrated the skin.

b) to get inside an area by getting past something that is intended to stop you

They had penetrated deep into enemy territory.

One of them managed to penetrate airport security.

2) [intransitive/transitive] to get through something into a place and be heard, seen, or felt by people in it

Few sounds penetrate the thick walls.

3) [intransitive/transitive] to reach or affect something such as a part of society

one of the last cultures in the world that television has not penetrated

4) [intransitive/transitive] to be noticed or understood by someone

Their advice never even penetrated his consciousness.

What she said didn't penetrate until just now.

5) [transitive] to become a member of a group in order to find out secret information about them
6) [transitive] if a man penetrates someone, he puts his penis into his partner's vagina or anus during sex

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