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penetrateverb

uk   /ˈpen.ɪ.treɪt/  us   /ˈpen.ə.treɪt/
  • penetrate verb (MOVE INTO)

[I or T] to move into or through something: Amazingly, the bullet did not penetrate his brain. In a normal winter, the frost penetrates deeply enough to kill off insect eggs in the soil.
[ T] to succeed in becoming part of an organization, etc. and working within it : The organization had been penetrated by a spy. The company has been successful in penetrating overseas markets this year (= it has started selling its products in them).
[I or T] to reach or affect something: These changes had not yet penetrated as far west as the mountains of Merioneth.
[T] If your eyes penetrate somewhere dark, you manage to see through it: Our eyes couldn't penetrate the dark/the gloom of the inner cave.
[T] When a man penetrates his partner during sex, he puts his penis into his or her body.
(Definition of penetrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"penetrate" in American English

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penetrateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈpen·ɪˌtreɪt/
  • penetrate verb [I/T] (MOVE)

to move into or through something: [I] The drill isn’t sharp enough to penetrate into the rock. [T] Women have begun to penetrate a lot of fields that were dominated by men for centuries.
  • penetrate verb [I/T] (UNDERSTAND)

to understand something, or to be understood as a result of study or investigation: [I] Her writing penetrated to the heart of contemporary life.
penetration
noun [U]  us   /ˌpen·ɪˈtreɪ·ʃən/
The program’s penetration in Utah schools varies from district to district.
(Definition of penetrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"penetrate" in Business English

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penetrateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpenɪtreɪt/ MARKETING, COMMERCE
to begin to sell products or services in a new area or to a new group of customers: The company is beginning to penetrate Asian markets.
(Definition of penetrate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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