pervade

verb per·vade \ pər-ˈvād \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of pervade

pervaded; pervading
transitive verb
: to become diffused throughout every part of

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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.

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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 and Etymology of pervade

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

pervade Synonyms

Synonyms
interpenetrate, percolate (into), permeate, riddle, suffuse, transfuse
Related Words
diffuse (through), impregnate, pass (into), penetrate; fill (up); drench, imbue, infuse, saturate, soak, steep; flood, glut

PERVADE Defined for English Language Learners

pervade

verb

Definition of pervade for English Language Learners

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


PERVADE Defined for Kids

pervade

verb per·vade \ pər-ˈvād \

Definition of pervade for Students

pervaded; pervading
: to spread through all parts of : permeate
  • Spicy smells pervaded the whole house.


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