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permeate Line breaks: per|me¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːmɪeɪt/

Definition of permeate in English:


[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.


Pronunciation: /pəːmɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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.


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

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