in·​ter·​pen·​e·​trate | \ ˌin-tər-ˈpe-nə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce interpenetrate (audio) \
interpenetrated; interpenetrating; interpenetrates

Definition of interpenetrate

intransitive verb

: to penetrate mutually

transitive verb

: to penetrate between, within, or throughout : permeate

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Other Words from interpenetrate

interpenetration \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌpe-​nə-​ˈtrā-​shən How to pronounce interpenetrate (audio) \ noun

Examples of interpenetrate in a Sentence

with tie-dyeing, the dye does not interpenetrate the entire fabric
Recent Examples on the Web Traditionalist Catholic ideas and values now interpenetrate conservative American political thought and nearly every political institution of consequence. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, "Originalism Is Dead. Long Live Catholic Natural Law.," 3 Feb. 2021 Spaces and forms interpenetrated. Sculptural concrete projections that housed the chambers and the mayor’s office protruded from a modular facade of offices. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "Michael McKinnell, 84, Dies; Architect of a Monumental City Hall," 4 Apr. 2020 In very recent work, Nikolay Prokof'ev and Boris Svistunov have proposed extremely clean examples involving two interpenetrating superfluids. Frank Wilczek, Scientific American, "The Exquisite Precision of Time Crystals," 16 Oct. 2019 Two of the figures embrace, and their bodies interpenetrate to form a new anthropomorphic — no, feminamorphic — tree. Sharon Mizota,, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 Nabokov’s stories and novels and autobiographical essays are the true reverse dreams, where futures pass and interpenetrate, and where the past, like John Dunne’s transparent fishing lures, shines. Nicholson Baker, New Republic, "The forgotten theory of dreams that inspired Vladimir Nabokov," 21 Feb. 2018 But things improve as the two stories, or at least the two pairs of actors, eventually start to interpenetrate. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Breeders,’ Parenting as a (Literal) Cage Match," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of interpenetrate

circa 1810, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Interpenetrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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