penetrating

adjective pen·e·trat·ing \ ˈpe-nə-ˌtrā-tiŋ \

Definition of penetrating

1 : having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading
  • a penetrating shriek
2 : acute, discerning
  • penetrating insights into life

penetratingly

play \ˈpe-nə-ˌtrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of penetrating in a Sentence

  1. She is one of our most penetrating and provocative critical thinkers.

  2. an author famous for her penetrating social commentary

  3. a penetrating account of what really happened during the crisis

  4. flowers that give off a penetrating perfume

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First Known Use of penetrating

1580

penetrating Synonyms


PENETRATING Defined for English Language Learners

penetrating

adjective

Definition of penetrating for English Language Learners

  • : able to understand something clearly and fully

  • : helping people to understand something clearly and fully

  • : spreading out deeply or widely


Medical Dictionary

penetrating

adjective pen·e·trat·ing

medical Definition of penetrating

: having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading
  • treat hemorrhage from both penetrating injury and blunt trauma
  • Journal of the American Medical Association

penetratingly

play \-ˌtrāt-iŋ-lē\ adverb


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