Definition of interpenetrate in English:


Line breaks: inter|pene¦trate
Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈpɛnɪtreɪt


Mix or merge together: [no object]: the two concepts interpenetrate in interesting ways [with object]: fibres of meaning interpenetrate every strand of sound
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  • Second, as questions of both national and societal security merge and interpenetrate, it is clear that possessing a reactive operational strategy alone is inadequate as a means of deterrence.
  • Religion and art are tightly bound together, interpenetrating each other.
  • The layer closest to the user is a polypropylene non-woven material; there then follows a polyester non-woven and cross linked cellulosic material which are bonded together to the extent only that a few fibres interpenetrate.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtreɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • He kept in view both the material and the symbolic, the public and private, the ‘outer’ culture and ‘inner’ psyche, while also insisting on the interpenetrations between these terms.
  • Thus, the knife opening up a wound in flesh is an attribute of the interpenetration of bodies, but the event of ‘being cut’ is what is expressed by the statement ‘He was cut with the knife’.
  • The interpenetration of these relationships between politicians, senior civil servants and private business is what ultimately paralyses the State in its endeavour to economic development.


Pronunciation: /-trətɪv/
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  • By ‘sacred’ I mean numinous, animated by an interpenetrative spirit, with value and meaning independent of what we humans assign it.
  • At the end of a great symphony there is the sense that the music has grown by the interpenetrative activity of all its constituent elements.
  • The temporal dimension concerns the interpenetrative nature of what are commonly perceived as distinct phases of time.

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