Permeate (verb)


  1. to diffuse through or penetrate something
  2. to spread or diffuse through
  3. to pass through the pores or interstices of

(Ref: Merriam-Webster online, Word of the Day, 10 April 2020)

Use it in a sentence

He shivered in the cold, dark night. The corrugated iron of the chicken shed was only slightly warmed by the animals inside. He could hear them gently cluck and ruffle well before dawn. The blood oozing from the cut on his calf had congealed but his whole leg ached and throbbed, and he constantly readjusted his body just slightly, trying to ease the pressure. Gradually the sky softened to a pale grey, and then he saw the hazy sun climb laboriously off the horizon. Even cloaked thus, he felt the warmth permeate his body, from his toes to the tips of his nose. The warmth was a satisfied longing which brought with it hope and courage. He slowly raised himself to his knees and then stood gingerly, first just on his good leg, then both. He winced at the sharp pain but it was good enough to walk on. He pushed off the corrugated iron and set off slowly towards the bush.

12 thoughts on “Permeate (verb)

  1. Thanks. I can only hope that sensibility will permeate through the sea of hoarded toilet rolls. – All the best Tina.

  2. Well done sorella. I will enjoy these stories. I only wish I knew what happened to his leg and where he was going!!

  3. excellent Tina πŸ™‚ love it!
    can we say “permeate the atmosphere that we are experiencing now with love and caring”

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