Penetrate

Definition of Penetrate

Pen´e`trate
v. t.1.To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness.
[imp. & p. p. Penetrated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Penetrating.]
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.
The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.
- M. Arnold.
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.
Things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate.
- Ray.
v. i.1.To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively.
Preparing to penetrate to the north and west.
- J. R. Green.
Born where Heaven's influence scarce can penetrate.
- Pope.
The sweet of life that penetrates so near.
- Daniel.

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