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Definition of Penetrate

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

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.
T. S. Eliot

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.
Michelangelo

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

Each person is an enigma. You're a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and the great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle.
Theodore Zeldin

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