• To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce.
  • To achieve understanding of, despite some obstacle; to comprehend; to understand.
  • To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to move deeply.
  • To infiltrate an enemy to gather intelligence.
  • To insert the penis into an opening, such as a vagina, mouth or anus.
  • To move a piece past the defending pieces of one's opponent.


  • From Latin penētrātus, past participle of penētrō, from penes by analogy to intrō.

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