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permeate (something) with (something)

To cause something to become full or saturated with something. Often used in passive constructions. Her cooking permeated the air with wonderful aromas. The extreme rainfall had begun permeating the walls with moisture. His stories are typically permeated with allusions to real events.
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permeate through (something)

To pass or seep through something that is not entirely solid, such as a mesh or porous material. The store said this jacket was waterproof, but I can feel moisture starting to permeate through it. The fungus permeated through the thin walls, eventually contaminating every room in the house.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

permeate something with something

to saturate something with something. The comedian permeated his act with smutty jokes. The evening air was permeated with the smell of jasmine.
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permeate through something

to seep in and saturate something. The coffee spilled on the desk and permeated through all the papers and stuff. The strong odor permeated through the walls and nearly suffocated us.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Integrating these goals coherently is a radical challenge to old ways of thinking that have permeated both the environmental movement and the business establishment.
This kind of attitude has permeated the relationship between socialists and identity politics, a relationship epitomized by the ongoing attempts of socialist intellectuals to incorporate identity politics into a single, overarching socialist theory.
As early as 1917, it was recorded that water permeated through collodion films selectively |1~.
It is permeated by high concentrations of copper and nickel.
The idea is simple Three overlapping circles intersect to create eight distinct areas Despite their simplicity, such diagrams can be used to represent complex logical propositions and algebraic statements In charting the history of Venn diagrams, Edwards reveals that John Venn devised the diagrams in the late 1880s in an effort to create a symbolic logic, Since then, the diagrams have permeated art and economics, as well as mathematics and logic.
Ladner proposes that while these initiatives--including such programs as Head Start and Job Corps--raised national awareness of the racial disparities and prejudices that permeated American society, the burden has since fallen upon community and faith-based organizations, such as the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), to fill in the gaps left by the federal government.
The latter may be found in Sala's installation only as displacement or transition, just as the relationship between language and image (or even of language to itself) is always mediated and thus permeated with distance.
Such surfaces, austerely treated, emphasize volumetric simplicity; and, permeated by the diaphanous light characteristic of this part of the world, the sequence of flowing spaces becomes opulent.
It is permeated by the reverent joy of Christmas night, the exultant joy of Easter morn, the gentle joy of First Communion, the satisfied joy of grammar school graduation, the hopeful joy of a funeral Mass, the confident joy of a May crowning.
Strikingly lit by David Ferri, permeated with the atmosphere of Philip Glass's coolly propulsive Saxophone Quartet, these small-time punks and their careworn parents are protagonists of an epic of the ordinary.
In the abstract, it is fine to suppose that once a land ethic permeated the country, it would be "eminently practicable, since, by reference to a single good, competing individual claims may be adjudicated and relative values and priorities assigned to the myriad components of the biotic community." Such Utopian notions, when applied, have generally been the stuff not of utopias but of religious dictatorships.
The authors then continue their story of how the drug permeated cultures throughout history, leading to the modern abundance of gourmet coffee shops, among other effects.
All spaces are permeated by light striated by the louvres, but the effect can be changed radically.