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Definition of penetrating adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of someone's eyes or the way they look at you) making you feel uncomfortable because the person seems to know what you are thinking penetrating blue eyes a penetrating gaze/look/stare
  2. 2(of a sound or voice) loud and hard synonym Her voice was shrill and penetrating.
  3. 3showing that you have understood something quickly and completely a penetrating comment/criticism/question
  4. 4spreading deeply or widely a penetrating smell the penetrating cold/damp
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: penetrating

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