Dictionary Results for penetrating

1. penetrate - verb

· pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"

Synonym(s): perforate

Hypernym(s): enter, come_in, get_into, get_in, go_into, go_in, move_into

2. penetrate - verb

· come to understand

Synonym(s): fathom, bottom

Hypernym(s): understand

3. penetrate - verb

· become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow"

Synonym(s): click, get_through, dawn, come_home, get_across, sink_in, fall_into_place

4. penetrate - verb

· enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members; "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"

Synonym(s): infiltrate

Hypernym(s): join, fall_in, get_together

5. penetrate - verb

· make one's way deeper into or through; "The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"

Hypernym(s): advance, progress, pass_on, move_on, march_on, go_on

6. penetrate - verb

· insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the molester penetrate the child?"

Hypernym(s): insert, infix, enter, introduce

7. penetrate - 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"

Synonym(s): permeate, pervade, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle

Hypernym(s): penetrate, perforate

8. penetrating - adjective

· having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"

Synonym(s): acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrative, piercing, sharp

9. penetrating - adjective

· tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing; "a toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface"; "a cold penetrating wind"; "a penetrating odor"

Synonym(s): penetrative

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