infiltrate


infiltrate
in|fil|trate [ˈınfıltreıt US ınˈfıltreıt, ˈınfıl-] v
1.) [>I always + adv/prep, T]
to secretly join an organization or enter a place in order to find out information about it or harm it
Police attempts to infiltrate neo-Nazi groups were largely unsuccessful.
infiltrate into
Rebel forces have been infiltrating into the country.
2.) [T]
to secretly put people into an organization or place in order to find out information or to harm it
infiltrate sb into sth
They repeatedly tried to infiltrate assassins into the palace.
3.) [T]
to become a part of something - used especially to show disapproval
Commercialism has been infiltrating universities for the past decade.
>infiltrator n
>infiltration [ˌınfılˈtreıʃən] n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
(into a porous substance), ,


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  • Infiltrate — In*fil trate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Infiltrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Infiltrating}.] [Pref. in + filtrate: cf. F, s infiltrer. Cf. {Infilter}.] 1. To enter by penetrating the pores or interstices of a substance; to filter into or through something.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Infiltrate — In*fil trate, v. t. To penetrate gradually; sometimes used reflexively. J. S. Mill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infiltrate — index encroach, enter (penetrate), interject, interpose, penetrate, permeate, pervade Burton s Legal Th …   Law dictionary

  • infiltrate — (v.) 1758, of fluids, from IN (Cf. in ) (2) in + FILTRATE (Cf. filtrate). Related: Infiltrated; infiltrating. Military sense of penetrate enemy lines attested from 1934 …   Etymology dictionary

  • infiltrate — [v] creep in access, crack*, edge in, filter through, foist, impregnate, insinuate, penetrate, percolate*, permeate, pervade, saturate, sneak in, tinge, work into, worm into*; concepts 159,179 …   New thesaurus

  • infiltrate — ► VERB 1) surreptitiously and gradually enter or gain access to (an organization or place). 2) permeate or cause to permeate by filtration. DERIVATIVES infiltration noun infiltrator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • infiltrate — [in fil′trāt, in′fil trāt΄] vi., vt. infiltrated, infiltrating [ IN 1 + FILTRATE] 1. to pass, or cause (a fluid, cell, etc.) to pass, through small gaps or openings; filter 2. to pass through, as in filtering 3. to pass, or cause (individual… …   English World dictionary

  • infiltrate — [[t]ɪ̱nfɪltreɪt[/t]] infiltrates, infiltrating, infiltrated 1) VERB If people infiltrate a place or organization, or infiltrate into it, they enter it secretly in order to spy on it or influence it. [V n] Activists had infiltrated the student… …   English dictionary

  • Infiltrate — To penetrate. If an IV infiltrates, the IV fluid penetrates the surrounding tissue. * * * 1. To perform or undergo infiltration. 2. SYN: infiltration (2). 3. A cellular infiltration (1) in the lung as inferred from appearance of a localized, ill… …   Medical dictionary

  • infiltrate — UK [ˈɪnfɪltreɪt] / US [ˈɪnfɪlˌtreɪt] / US [ɪnˈfɪlˌtreɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms infiltrate : present tense I/you/we/they infiltrate he/she/it infiltrates present participle infiltrating past tense infiltrated past participle… …   English dictionary