pervade

verb
per·​vade | \ pər-ˈvād \
pervaded; pervading

Definition of pervade

transitive verb

: to become diffused throughout every part of

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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").

Examples of pervade in a Sentence

A feeling of great sadness pervades the film. Art and music pervade every aspect of their lives.

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Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be neighbors with Prince William and Kate Middleton, reports of a royal rift have pervaded. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince Harry's Relationship with Prince William Is Changing Amid the Kensington Palace Split," 22 Dec. 2018 There were other issues pervading the aircraft, pertaining to its airspeed and altitude sensors, the report noted. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Tried to Override Technical Glitch Before Fatal Crash," 28 Nov. 2018 Mary Shelley’s spooky legacy has clearly pervaded the English lexicon. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "We’ve Created a Linguistic Monster," 26 Oct. 2018 White guilt is the terror of being seen as a racist, as a bigot that now pervades American life. Fox News, "Author Shelby Steele on race relations, equality in America," 16 July 2018 As evidenced by a roomful of archival material — correspondence, snapshots, exhibition announcements — such welcoming informality pervaded McHugh's enterprise. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 Violence is a regular feature of labor disputes, and corruption pervades city politics. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Antifa Appropriates a Creepy Mascot," 7 Oct. 2018 Armenia's beauty industry has only just emerged as recently as within the past 10 years While the country recovered from decades of being told what to do, a feeling of impossibility pervaded. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 The third cause is discrimination, which pervades all experiences of Negro life. Martin Luther King Jr., The Atlantic, "The Crisis in America’s Cities," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pervade

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pervade

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

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pervade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pervade

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

pervade

verb
per·​vade | \ pər-ˈvād \
pervaded; pervading

Kids Definition of pervade

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

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