1 bore, drill, enter, impale, lance, penetrate, perforate, prick, probe, puncture, run through, spike, stab, stick into, transfix
2 comprehend, discern, discover, fathom, grasp, realize, see, understand
3 (figurative) affect, cut, cut to the quick, excite, hurt, move, pain, rouse, sting, stir, strike, thrill, touch, wound
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pierce ( pierces 3rd person present) ( piercing present participle) ( pierced past tense & past participle )
1 verb If a sharp object pierces something, or if you pierce something with a sharp object, the object goes into it and makes a hole in it.
One bullet pierced the left side of his chest... V n
Pierce the skin of the potato with a fork. V n
2 verb If you have your ears or some other part of your body pierced, you have a small hole made through them so that you can wear a piece of jewellery in them.
I'm having my ears pierced on Saturday. have n V-ed
...her pierced ears with their tiny gold studs. V-ed, Also V n
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