Definition of pervade
: to become diffused throughout every part of
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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
Amid the uncertainty, fear of the Islamic State has pervaded the archipelago nation.
Jenkins gave a wonderful answer in a recent interview that reveal a sensibility that pervades the movie.
A love-it-or-leave-it mentality pervades both sides.
Meeker notes how gaming tools and ideas pervade the Internet, and serve as the foundation for many services used today.
Meanwhile, paranoia can pervade the cramped quarters of the West Wing as staffers worry if others will undermine them legally in the privacy of the grand jury chambers, by accident or not.
A sense of déjà vu pervaded the latest meeting of oil exporting countries.
But for someone who takes delight in skewering the pomposity of politicians and media blowhards, Drudge seems oddly tone-deaf to the pomposity that pervades this book.
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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)
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