Definition of permeate in English:

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permeate

Pronunciation: /ˈpərmēˌāt/

verb

[with object]
Spread throughout (something); pervade: the aroma of soup permeated the air [no object]: his personality has begun to permeate through the whole organization
More example sentences
  • No matter where you wandered the aroma of garlic permeated the air.
  • An awful stench filled the stuffy air of the wet alleyway, which permeated my nostrils.
  • His scent, the faint musk of ivory soap mingled with the clean heaven air, permeated my senses.
Synonyms
pervade, spread through, fill, filter through, diffuse through, imbue, penetrate, pass through, percolate through, perfuse, charge, suffuse, steep, impregnate, inform
soak through, penetrate, seep through, saturate, transfuse, percolate through, leach through

Derivatives

permeation

Pronunciation: /ˌpərmēˈāSH(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • More generally it connotes networks and their mode of functioning, the forms of their permeation and manipulation.
  • It's a funny, left-of-center film about envy in all its permeations and how it strains friendships.
  • The carcinoid component was negative for both lymphatic and vascular permeations.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin permeat- 'passed through', from the verb permeare, from per- 'through' + meare 'pass, go'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: per·me·ate

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