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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 permeates
  • One fundamental mistake that permeates the educational system is the confusion between memorization and knowledge.
  • The safety-first idea permeates so many discussions about how best to care for old people who can't function fully independently.
  • His portion of the performance is unlike the family vibe that permeates the shows of the other rappers on the tour.
  • And with funny writers, humor permeates everything they write.
  • The ponderous tone that permeates this revival robs the play of much of its sparkle and wit.
  • Building the clock, it turns out, has been an antidote to the toxic fixation on short-term thinking that permeates our culture.
  • Despite the plain vanilla exterior, a rambunctious creativity permeates the place.
  • His spirit still permeates this city with attractions dedicated to automobiles.
  • Popular music permeates students' lives, with earbuds outnumbered only by mobile phones.
  • The turquoise color permeates the water late in the afternoon, as the red rays of the setting sun spread out and grow weak.
British Dictionary definitions for permeates

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 permeates

permeate

v.

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

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permeates 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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