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Dictionary definition for: Penetrate

1. (v) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"

2. (v) come to understand

3. (v) become clear or enter one''s consciousness or emotions; "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him" "she was penetrated with sorrow"

4. (v) enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members; "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"

5. (v) make one''s way deeper into ar through; "The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"

6. (v) insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the molester penetrate the child?"

7. (v) spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration" "music penetrated the entire building"

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