permeate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “permeate” in the English Dictionary

"permeate" in British English

See all translations

permeateverb [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 ​governmentseems to have permeated every ​section of ​society. A ​foulsmell of ​stalebeer permeated the ​wholebuilding. The ​table has a ​plasticcoating which ​preventsliquids from permeating into the ​wood beneath.
(Definition of permeate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"permeate" in American English

See all translations

permeateverb [T]

 us   /ˈpɜr·miˌeɪt/
to ​spread through something and be ​present in every ​part of it: The ​smell of ​detergent and ​bleach permeated the ​air.
(Definition of permeate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “permeate”
in Spanish penetrar…
in Vietnamese thấm vào…
in Malaysian meresap…
in Thai ซึมผ่าน…
in French s’infiltrer…
in German (durch)dringen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 渗透, 弥漫, 遍布…
in Turkish yavaş yavaş içine işlemek, her yere nüfuz etmek, yayılmak…
in Russian проникать, пропитывать…
in Indonesian meresap…
in Chinese (Traditional) 滲透, 瀰漫, 遍佈…
in Polish przenikać (w)…
What is the pronunciation of permeate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More