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"penetrating" in British English

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penetratingadjective

uk   /ˈpen.ɪ.treɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /-t̬ɪŋ/
  • penetrating adjective (LOUD)

very ​loud: I ​heard a penetrating ​scream. He has a very penetrating ​voice.
  • penetrating adjective (UNDERSTANDING)

used to ​describe a way of ​looking at someone in which you ​seem to ​know what they are ​thinkinga penetrating mind a ​mind that ​understands things ​quickly and well
(Definition of penetrating from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"penetrating" in American English

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penetratingadjective

 us   /ˈpen·ɪˌtreɪ·t̬ɪŋ/
  • penetrating adjective (SHARP)

very ​loud: I ​heard a penetrating ​scream. Someone with penetrating ​eyes or a penetrating ​gazeseemsable to ​understand or ​know you just by ​looking at you.
  • penetrating adjective (UNDERSTANDING)

showing a very good ​understanding: a penetrating ​critique penetrating observations
(Definition of penetrating from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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