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penetrate

pen·e·trate

penetrate

 
 
pronunciation:
pe n treIt
part of speech: verb
inflections: penetrated, penetrates, penetrating
definition 1: to pierce or go into or through.
The dart penetrated his skin.The explorers penetrated the jungle.
synonyms:
enter, pierce
similar words:
bore, puncture, spike
definition 2: to see through or understand.
His eyes couldn't penetrate the fog.Scientists penetrated the secrets of the atom.
synonyms:
fathom
similar words:
decipher, grasp, master, solve, unravel, untangle
derivation: penetrator (n.)