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pervade

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verb, per·vade \pər-ˈvād\

Simple Definition of pervade

  • : to spread through all parts of (something) : to exist in every part of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pervade

pervadedpervading

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to become diffused throughout every part of

Examples of pervade in a sentence

  1. A feeling of great sadness pervades the film.

  2. Art and music pervade every aspect of their lives.



Did You Know?

English speakers borrowed "pervade" in the mid-17th century from Latin pervadere, meaning "to go through." "Pervadere," in turn, was formed by combining the prefix per-, meaning "through," with the verb vadere, meaning "to go." Synonyms of "pervade" include "permeate," "impregnate," and "saturate." "Pervade" stresses a spreading diffusion throughout every part of a whole ("art and music pervade every aspect of their lives"). "Permeate" implies diffusion specifically throughout a material thing ("a green dye permeating a garment"). "Impregnate" suggests a forceful influence or effect on something throughout ("impregnate the cotton with alcohol"). "Saturate" is used when nothing more may be taken up or absorbed ("cloth saturated with water").

Origin of pervade

Latin pervadere to go through, pervade, from per- through + vadere to go — more at per-, wade


First Known Use: 1659


PERVADE Defined for Kids

pervade

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verb per·vade \pər-ˈvād\

Definition of pervade for Students

pervadedpervading

  1. :  to spread through all parts of :  permeate <Spicy smells pervaded the whole house.>





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