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Examples of pervade in a Sentence
A feeling of great sadness pervades the film.
Art and music pervade every aspect of their lives.
Recent Examples of pervade from the Web
That attitude pervades mostly because—unlike burger chains or steakhouse chains—barbecue chains have been mostly terrible for decades.
The wrongful arrests also highlight a presumption that pervades U.S. immigration agencies and courts that those born outside the United States are not here legally unless electronic records show otherwise.
But Mulvaney’s comment appears emblematic of a mentality that pervades Trump’s orbit.
There is no single accepted custom of greeting that pervades the entire culture.
Tourists to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico suspect they were given tainted alcohol Maureen Webster later launched a website — mexicovacationawareness.com — to warn travelers about the many serious risks pervading the tourism industry in Mexico.
In the meantime, Aran stresses the need to change the anti-marijuana stigma that still pervades American medicine and drug regulation.
Fear pervaded the Sacramento region in 1977, as headline after headline chronicled attacks of the East Area Rapist in local communities.
Glitz and glamour pervade the montages as well as the sculptures on view here, and the L.A.-based Ray offsets this artifice with hints of authenticity.
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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").
PERVADE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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