I verb bathe, diffuse, drench, fill, go through, imbue, impregnate, infiltrate, infuse, inject, interpenetrate, leaven, osmose, overrun, overspread, pass through, penetrate, percolate, pervade, run through, saturate, seep, soak, souse, spread through, steep, suffuse, transfuse, wash, waterlog II index diffuse, imbue, penetrate, pervade, spread

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  • permeate — permeate, pervade, penetrate, impenetrate, interpenetrate, impregnate, saturate can all mean to pass or cause to pass through every part of a thing. Permeate may be used in reference to either a material or an immaterial thing and implies… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Permeate — Per me*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Permeated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Permeating}.] [L. permeatus, p. p. of permeare to permeate; per + meare to go, pass.] 1. To pass through the pores or interstices of; to penetrate and pass through without causing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • permeate — (v.) 1650s, from L. permeatus, pp. of permeare to pass through (see PERMEABLE (Cf. permeable)). Related: Permeated; permeating …   Etymology dictionary

  • permeate — [v] filter, spread throughout charge, diffuse, drench, fill, go through, imbue, impregnate, infiltrate, infuse, ingrain, interfuse, invade, pass through, penetrate, percolate, pervade, pierce, saturate, seep, soak, stab, stalk, steep, suffuse,… …   New thesaurus

  • permeate — ► VERB ▪ spread throughout; pervade. DERIVATIVES permeation noun permeator noun. ORIGIN Latin permeare pass through …   English terms dictionary

  • permeate — [pʉr′mē āt΄] vt. permeated, permeating [< L permeatus, pp. of permeare < per, through + meare, to glide, flow, pass < IE base * mei , to go, change, wander > Czech mijeti, to pass by] to pass into or through and affect every part of;… …   English World dictionary

  • permeate — per|me|ate [ˈpə:mieıt US ˈpə:r ] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of permeare to go through ] 1.) [I always + adverb/preposition, T] if liquid, gas etc permeates something, it enters it and spreads through every part of it ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • permeate — UK [ˈpɜː(r)mɪeɪt] / US [ˈpɜrmɪˌeɪt] verb Word forms permeate : present tense I/you/we/they permeate he/she/it permeates present participle permeating past tense permeated past participle permeated 1) [transitive] if an attitude or feeling… …   English dictionary

  • permeate — verb Permeate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑attitude Permeate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑society, ↑whole …   Collocations dictionary

  • permeate — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)mieɪt[/t]] permeates, permeating, permeated 1) VERB If an idea, feeling, or attitude permeates a system or permeates society, it affects every part of it or is present throughout it. [V n] Bias against women permeates every level of… …   English dictionary

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