permeate

verb
per·​me·​ate | \ ˈpər-mē-ˌāt How to pronounce permeate (audio) \
permeated; permeating

Definition of permeate

intransitive verb

: to diffuse through or penetrate something

transitive verb

1 : to spread or diffuse through a room permeated with tobacco smoke
2 : to pass through the pores or interstices of

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Other Words from permeate

permeative \ ˈpər-​mē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce permeate (audio) \ adjective

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It's no surprise that permeate means "to pass through something" - it was borrowed into English in the mid-17th century from the Latin permeatus, which comes from the prefix per- ("through") and the verb meare, meaning "to go" or "to pass." "Meare" itself comes from an ancient root that may have also led to Middle Welsh and Czech words meaning "to go" and "to pass," respectively. Other descendants of "meare" in English include "permeative," "permeable," "meatus" ("a natural body passage"), and the relatively rare "irremeable" ("offering no possibility of return").

Examples of permeate in a Sentence

The water permeated the sand. The smell of baking bread permeated the kitchen. A feeling of anxiety permeated the office as we rushed to meet the deadline. The rain permeated through the soil.
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Recent Examples on the Web His case illustrates failures that permeate oversight of the medical profession, in which physicians wield enormous power within hospitals, misconduct is underreported and often glossed over, and institutional employers are seldom held to account. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 And that starts to permeate to the rest of those guys on defense, playing smart, playing fast, playing physical and putting yourself in the best position successful — that’s what Luke does. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 This is where Andrew grew up, and the tactile memories of his childhood and love of the river permeate these pages, infusing the story's setting with a level of rich detail that sings and beckons. Ashley Leath, Country Living, 1 July 2021 Deep feelings permeate through the day in a way that's rather beautiful, free from many intense or difficult emotions. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2021 As people traverse the roads between tents and trucks, clouds of dirt permeate the air. Mackenzie Brower, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2021 Pumpkin can permeate every room in the home, including the bathroom. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2021 Low vaccination rates permeate through South Alabama and the Wiregrass. al, 23 Aug. 2021 Take the tour by night when the main drag bustles with locals and travellers grabbing a spot of dinner and the vibrant colors and delicious smells permeate the senses. Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of permeate

1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for permeate

Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare, from per- through + meare to go, pass; akin to Middle Welsh mynet to go, Czech míjet to pass

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13 Oct 2021

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“Permeate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/permeate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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permeate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of permeate

: to pass or spread through (something)

permeate

verb
per·​me·​ate | \ ˈper-mē-ˌāt How to pronounce permeate (audio) \
permeated; permeating

Kids Definition of permeate

1 : to pass through something that has pores or small openings or is in a loose form Water permeates sand.
2 : to spread throughout The smell of smoke permeated the room.

permeate

verb
per·​me·​ate | \ ˈpər-mē-ˌāt How to pronounce permeate (audio) \
permeated; permeating

Medical Definition of permeate

intransitive verb

: to diffuse through or penetrate something

transitive verb

: to pass through the pores or interstices of

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