permeates, permeating, permeated
1) VERB If an idea, feeling, or attitude permeates a system or permeates society, it affects every part of it or is present throughout it.

[V n] Bias against women permeates every level of the judicial system...

[V through n] An obvious change of attitude at the top will permeate through the system.

2) VERB If something permeates a place, it spreads throughout it.

[V n] The smell of roast beef permeated the air...

[V through n] Eventually, the water will permeate through the surrounding concrete.

English dictionary. 2008.

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