Definition of pervade
: to become diffused throughout every part of
Examples of pervade in a sentence
A feeling of great sadness pervades the film.
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").
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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