Definition of penetrating
- a penetrating shriek
She is one of our most penetrating and provocative critical thinkers.
an author famous for her penetrating social commentary
a penetrating account of what really happened during the crisis
flowers that give off a penetrating perfume
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: able to understand something clearly and fully
: helping people to understand something clearly and fully
: spreading out deeply or widely
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