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penetrate

Synonyms and Antonyms of penetrate

to go or come in or into

  • a needle penetrated the heavy canvas only with great effort
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Phrases Synonymous with penetrate

set foot in, step into

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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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