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in•fil•trate



Pronunciation: (in-fil'trāt, in'fil-trāt"), [key]
v., -trat•ed, -trat•ing,
n.


v.t.
1. to filter into or through; permeate.
2. to cause to pass in by filtering.
3. to move into (an organization, country, territory, or the like) surreptitiously and gradually, esp. with hostile intent: The troops infiltrated the enemy lines.
4. to pass a small number of (soldiers, spies, or the like) into a territory or organization clandestinely and with hostile or subversive intent: The intelligence agency infiltrated three spies into the neighboring country.

v.i.
1. to pass into or through a substance, place, etc., by or as by filtering.
2. Pathol.to penetrate tissue spaces or cells.

n.
1. something that infiltrates.
2. Pathol.any substance penetrating tissues or cells and forming a morbid accumulation.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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