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penetrate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of penetrate

  1. to go or come in or into a needle penetrated the heavy canvas only with great effort Synonyms of penetrate access, enter, pierceWords Related to penetrate barge (in), breeze (in), burst (in or into), waltz (in); drop in, pop (in); stray (into), wander (into); crash, encroach, gate-crash, infiltrate, infringe, intrude, invade, trespassAntonyms of penetrate depart, exit, leave

Synonym Discussion of penetrate

enter, penetrate, pierce, probe mean to make way into something. enter is the most general of these and may imply either going in or forcing a way in.
    • entered the city in triumph
penetrate carries a strong implication of an impelling force or compelling power that achieves entrance.
    • the enemy penetrated the fortress
pierce means an entering or cutting through with a sharp pointed instrument.
    • pierced the boil with a lancet
probe implies penetration to investigate or explore something hidden from sight or knowledge.
    • probed the depths of the sea


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