Definition of permeate in English:



  • Spread throughout (something); pervade.

    ‘the aroma of soup permeated the air’
    [no object] ‘his personality has begun to permeate through the whole organization’
    • ‘There is a realism and a patience which permeates the camp.’
    • ‘Most visibly of all, it permeates every line and curve of their art.’
    • ‘A writer has to grow with the twists and turns of history, with the vitality that permeates life.’
    • ‘Even though they didn't quite have the freshly baked bread or the smell of coffee permeating the air, we took the bait.’
    • ‘Its refreshing fragrance filled the car and permeated our clothes.’
    • ‘This question of implicit knowledge permeates all branches of the field.’
    • ‘He is emblematic of the good fun and sense of community that permeates this weekly event.’
    • ‘No matter where you wandered the aroma of garlic permeated the air.’
    • ‘It permeates every corner of Northern Irish society, often unseen but nigh impossible to evade.’
    • ‘His scent, the faint musk of ivory soap mingled with the clean heaven air, permeated my senses.’
    • ‘In these situations, the smell of stale sweat and charcoal smoke permeates the thick air.’
    • ‘In this statement you see the ambition which now permeates the club.’
    • ‘An awful stench filled the stuffy air of the wet alleyway, which permeated my nostrils.’
    • ‘There are those who believe a liberal or a conservative bias permeates the media.’
    • ‘In fact, the rich-poor disparity permeates every aspect of students' lives.’
    • ‘It's wry humour that permeates the tale rather than bitterness.’
    • ‘The idea that education permeates every aspect of life seems to have fallen by the wayside.’
    • ‘The light fragrance permeating the autumn air will make you feel intoxicated.’
    • ‘Once again, praise was specific for the good pastoral care that permeates the school and the good parish and community links.’
    • ‘The positivity that permeates this stadium is fast becoming the most surreal thing of all.’
    pervade, spread through, fill, filter through, diffuse through, imbue, penetrate, pass through, percolate through, perfuse, extend throughout, be disseminated through, flow through, charge, suffuse, run through, steep, impregnate, inform, infiltrate
    soak through, penetrate, seep through, saturate, percolate through, leach through, pass through, spread through
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Mid 17th century: from Latin permeat- passed through, from the verb permeare, from per- through + meare pass, go.