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verb permeate pronunciation in British English /ˈpɜː(r)mieɪt/
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present participlepermeating
past tensepermeated
past participlepermeated
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  1. 1
    [transitive] if an attitude or feeling permeates something, you can feel or see its influence clearly in every part of that thing
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if gas, liquid, or a smell permeates something, it spreads into and through every part of it
    permeate through/into:

    Water had permeated into the old walls.

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 permeate pronunciation in British English /ˌpɜː(r)miˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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