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Penetrate (v. t.) To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness.
Penetrate (v. t.) To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to touch with feeling; to make sensible; to move deeply; as, to penetrate one's heart with pity.
Penetrate (v. t.) To pierce into by the mind; to arrive at the inner contents or meaning of, as of a mysterious or difficult subject; to comprehend; to understand.
Penetrate (v. i.) To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively.
Penetrating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Penetrate
Penetrating (a.) Having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading; sharp; subtile; penetrative; as, a penetrating odor.
Penetrating (a.) Acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, a penetrating mind.