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"penetrate" in British English

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penetrateverb

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

[I or T] to ​move into or through something: Amazingly, the ​bullet did not penetrate his ​brain. In a ​normalwinter, the ​frost penetrates ​deeply enough to ​kill off ​insecteggs in the ​soil. [ T] to ​succeed in ​becomingpart of an ​organization, etc. and ​working within it : The ​organization had been penetrated by a ​spy. The ​company has been ​successful in penetrating ​overseasmarkets this ​year (= it has ​startedsellingitsproducts in them). [I or T] to ​reach or ​affect something: These ​changes had not ​yet penetrated as ​farwest as the ​mountains of Merioneth. [T] If ​youreyes penetrate ​somewheredark, you ​manage to ​see through it: Our ​eyes couldn't penetrate the ​dark/the ​gloom of the ​innercave. [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 ​contemporarylife.
penetration
noun [U]  us   /ˌpen·ɪˈtreɪ·ʃən/
The program’s penetration in Utah ​schoolsvaries 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 ​sellproducts 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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