Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To pass through the pores or interstices of; be diffused through.

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Usage examples "permeate":

  1. So, though the House of Lords contains a respectable minority of Liberals, under no system of exclusively majority representation could any of them be chosen among the 200. I had the same idea of life peers to be added from the ranks of the professions, of science, and of literature, unburdened by the weight and cost of an hereditary title, that Lord Rosebery has; and into such a body I thought that representatives of the great self- governing colonies could enter, so that information about our resources, our politics, and our sociology might be available, and might permeate the press. - "An Autobiography", Catherine Helen Spence.
  2. A pupil is being trained in literature in proportion as his spiritual and physical powers are being brought out by the teacher and played upon until they permeate each other in all that he does and in all that he is- in all phases of his life. - "The Lost Art of Reading", Gerald Stanley Lee.
  3. Something came which, to a degree, transformed them, as the salts of the water and the air permeate the skin and give the blood new life. - "The Judgment House", Gilbert Parker.