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permeate

[pur-mee-eyt] /ˈpɜr miˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), permeated, permeating.
1.
to pass into or through every part of:
Bright sunshine permeated the room.
2.
to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of.
3.
to be diffused through; pervade; saturate:
Cynicism permeated his report.
verb (used without object), permeated, permeating.
4.
to become diffused; penetrate.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin permeātus past participle of permeāre to pass through. See per-, meatus
Related forms
permeation, noun
permeative, adjective
permeator, noun
interpermeate, verb (used with object), interpermeated, interpermeating.
nonpermeation, noun
nonpermeative, adjective
unpermeated, adjective
unpermeating, adjective
unpermeative, adjective
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Examples from the web for permeated
  • The sickening stench of burned plastic permeated the air.
  • The law has permeated almost every aspect of higher education.
  • They have developed a stacked processor permeated by a network of channels.
  • When the fabric is placed in a dye vat, the color will not permeate the areas that have been permeated with wax.
  • Simply, some ancient societies were so permeated with idolatry that everyday words also had a religious coloration.
  • But others are permeated with religion and eschew licensed counselors altogether.
  • Eighteen-year-olds have seen their lives permeated by social media for almost a decade.
  • They have developed a stacked processor that is permeated by a network of channels.
  • Everything was permeated by that end-of-the-world smell of burning garbage.
  • His presence permeated our souls and will do so eternally.
British Dictionary definitions for permeated

permeate

/ˈpɜːmɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to penetrate or pervade (a substance, area, etc): a lovely smell permeated the room
2.
to pass through or cause to pass through by osmosis or diffusion: to permeate a membrane
Derived Forms
permeation, noun
permeative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin permeāre, from per- through + meāre to pass
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Word Origin and History for permeated

permeate

v.

1650s, from Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare "to pass through" (see permeable). Related: Permeated; permeating.

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permeated in Medicine

permeate per·me·ate (pûr'mē-āt')
v. per·me·at·ed, per·me·at·ing, per·me·ates

  1. To spread or flow throughout; pervade.

  2. To pass through the openings or interstices of, as a liquid through a membrane.

n. (-ĭt, -āt')
One that can permeate.
per'me·ant (-ənt) or per'me·a'tive (-ā'tĭv) adj.
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