permeate definition, meaning - what is permeate in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “permeate”

See all translations

permeate

verb [I usually + adv/prep, T] uk   /ˈpɜː.mi.eɪt/  us   /ˈpɝː-/ formal
to spread through something and be present in every part of it: Dissatisfaction with the government seems to have permeated every section of society. A foul smell of stale beer permeated the whole building. The table has a plastic coating which prevents liquids from permeating into the wood beneath.
Translations of “permeate”
in Vietnamese thấm vào…
in Spanish penetrar…
in Thai ซึมผ่าน…
in Malaysian meresap…
in French s’infiltrer…
in German (durch)dringen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 滲透, 瀰漫, 遍佈…
in Indonesian meresap…
in Russian проникать, пропитывать…
in Turkish yavaş yavaş içine işlemek, her yere nüfuz etmek, yayılmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 渗透, 弥漫, 遍布…
in Polish przenikać (w)…
(Definition of permeate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of permeate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “permeate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More