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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 permeate
  • The popular media of a bygone era, mythology continues to permeate our world.
  • None could have imagined quite how the series would permeate the national consciousness.
  • Smashing firm green olives before marinating them allows the seasonings to permeate the olives' flesh.
  • The chemicals permeate fabrics, causing them to selectively absorb and fluoresce light to appear more white or vibrant.
  • Hot and at least double toasted english crumpet with just enough salted butter for it to permeate through to the bottom.
  • New study shows pattern of "quitting cascades" permeate social networks.
  • I'm with you- I hate the smell of smoke, and it does travel from clothes to upholstery to everything it can permeate.
  • Magic is based upon the belief that the universe is populated by unseen forces or spirits that permeate all things.
  • The issues of race, class, and gender now permeate the humanities and the social sciences.
  • They permeate every building, every room, and every soul in this part of the world five times a day.
British Dictionary definitions for permeate

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 permeate
v.

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

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permeate 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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