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  1. [verb] pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
    Synonyms: perforate

  2. [verb] come to understand
    Synonyms: fathom, bottom

  3. [verb] become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow"
    Synonyms: click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, fall into place

  4. [verb] enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members; "The student organization was infiltrated by a traitor"
    Synonyms: infiltrate

  5. [verb] make one's way deeper into ar through; "The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"

  6. [verb] insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the molester penetrate the child?"

  7. [verb] spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"
    Synonyms: permeate, pervade, interdiffuse, imbue


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