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Definition of Penetrate


  1. To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness.
  2. To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to touch with feeling; to make sensible; to move deeply; as, to penetrate one's heart with pity.
  3. To pierce into by the mind; to arrive at the inner contents or meaning of, as of a mysterious or difficult subject; to comprehend; to understand.
  4. To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively.

Penetrate Quotations

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Thomas Paine

Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.
Ivan Pavlov

The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
Thomas Jefferson

Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate.
Leonhard Euler
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Penetrate Translations

penetrate in Dutch is doordringen, binnendringen, doorstoten
penetrate in German is durchdringe, durchdringen, durchdringen
penetrate in Italian is penetrare
penetrate in Latin is penetro, foro
penetrate in Portuguese is penetre
penetrate in Spanish is penetrar