Synonyms of penetrate in English:


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1‘the sharp point of the spear did not penetrate his throat’

pierce, puncture, make a hole in, perforate, stab, prick, probe, gore, spike, stick, impale, transfix, bore, bore through, drill, drill through, lance

2‘the oil has penetrated into the stones’

seep, soak, percolate, filter, infiltrate, spread, diffuse
enter, make one's way into, make one's way through, flow into, move into, pass into, get into

3‘they penetrated the enemy territory via a gap cut in the fence’

infiltrate, slip into, sneak into, creep into, insinuate oneself into, worm one's way into, make inroads into, invade, intrude on, overrun

4‘I am allowing the healing energy to penetrate my digestive organs’

permeate, pervade, fill, spread throughout, imbue, suffuse, diffuse through, seep through, steep, impregnate, inform, infuse, saturate, charge, drench, inundate
influence, infect, excite, stimulate, inspire

5‘humans' efforts to penetrate the enigma of their beginnings’

understand, comprehend, apprehend, fathom, grasp, perceive, discern, get to the bottom of, solve, resolve, make out, make sense of, interpret, puzzle out, work out, figure out, unravel, decipher, make head or tail of
informal crack, get, tumble to, latch on to, cotton on to
British informal suss out, twig

6‘Douglas was at the door before Jamieson's words penetrated’

be understood, be comprehended, be taken in, be grasped, become clear
register, make an impression, get through, sink in, fall into place, dawn, come home
informal click

7‘I don't think the implication penetrated my mind all that quickly’

get through to, be comprehended by, be understood by, register on, make an impression on, have an impact on