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Meaning of PERMEATE

Pronunciation:  'purmee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  penetrate mutually or be interlocked; "The territories of two married people interpenetrate a lot"
  2. [v]  spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"
  3. [v]  pass through; "Water permeates sand easily"

PERMEATE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: diffuse, filter, imbue, interpenetrate, percolate, pervade, sink in
 See Also: infiltrate, invade, penetrate, perforate, spiritise, spiritize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per"me*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Permeated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Permeating}.] [L. permeatus, p. p. of permeare to
permeate; per + meare to go, pass.]
1. To pass through the pores or interstices of; to penetrate
   and pass through without causing rupture or displacement;
   -- applied especially to fluids which pass through
   substances of loose texture; as, water permeates sand.

2. To enter and spread through; to pervade.

         God was conceived to be diffused throughout the
         whole world, to permeate and pervade all things.

Thesaurus Terms
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