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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pen·e·trate /ˈpɛnəˌtret/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 pen·e·trate /ˈpɛnəˌtret/ 動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pen·e·trate, v. i. To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively.
    Preparing to penetrate to the north and west.   --J. R. Green.
    Born where Heaven's influence scarce can penetrate.   --Pope.
    The sweet of life that penetrates so near.   --Daniel.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pen·e·trate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penetrated p. pr. & vb. n. Penetrating.]
 1. To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness.
 2. To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to touch with feeling; to make sensible; to move deeply; as, to penetrate one's heart with pity.
    The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.   --M. Arnold.
 3. To pierce into by the mind; to arrive at the inner contents or meaning of, as of a mysterious or difficult subject; to comprehend; to understand.
    Things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate.   --Ray.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The
           bullet penetrated her chest" [syn: perforate]
      2: come to understand [syn: fathom, bottom]
      3: become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It
         dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was
         penetrated with sorrow" [syn: click, get through, dawn,
          come home, get across, sink in, fall into place]
      4: enter a group or organization in order to spy on the
         members; "The student organization was infiltrated by a
         traitor" [syn: infiltrate]
      5: make one's way deeper into ar through; "The hikers did not
         manage to penetrate the dense forest"
      6: insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the
         molester penetrate the child?"
      7: spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has
         permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the
         entire building" [syn: permeate, pervade, interpenetrate,
          diffuse, imbue]