- IPA: /ˈpɛnɪtɹeɪt/
penetrate (penetrates, present participle penetrating; past and past participle penetrated)
- To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce.
- Light penetrates darkness.
- (figuratively) To achieve understanding of, despite some obstacle; to comprehend; to understand.
- I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.
- things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate
- To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to move deeply.
- to penetrate one's heart with pity
- The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.
- To infiltrate an enemy to gather intelligence.
- To insert the penis into an opening, such as a vagina or anus.
- a male elephant comes up and penetrates the female elephant
- (chess) To move a piece past the defending pieces of one's opponent.
- French: pénétrer
- German: eindringen, penetrieren
- Italian: penetrare
- Portuguese: penetrar
- Russian: проника́ть
- Spanish: penetrar
- German: penetrieren