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Verb: permeate  'pur-mee,eyt
  1. Spread or diffuse through
    "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration";
    - pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle
     
  2. Pass through
    "Water permeates sand easily";
    - percolate, sink in, filter
     
  3. Penetrate mutually or be interlocked
    - interpenetrate

Derived forms: permeated, permeates, permeating

Type of: penetrate, perforate

Encyclopedia: Permeate