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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 liturgical influence pervades his beats, which allow artists like Future, Gucci Mane, and Nicki Minaj to seamlessly synthesize the sacred and the profane.
The fractious relationship between Trump and the Hermit Kingdom has been the source of much market friction in recent days, with investors seeking safe assets such as gold to avoid the volatility pervading the stock exchanges.
Despite the humor, however, sadness pervades the film.
This sense of apathy pervades many in the state, where suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 25 to 32.
One of the purposes of his book is to examine an idea that pervades modern life without much examination: That is, the sense that a job should either have meaning or offer good pay and working conditions, but never be expected do both.
Existential anxiety pervades the collection, seeping into observations about Halloween and cabin weekends and the naturalist William Bartram.
But a strong expectation pervades the West Wing that changes are in the works.
But what redeems Barlow and Mother American Night is the pervading sense of Barlow as a soulful and self-aware human.
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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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