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
In Season 3, the grief and guilt of the boy’s family run as a counterpoint to a new case, deepening the sense of melancholy and abandonment that pervades the show.
That kind of modesty pretty much pervades a conversation with Mr. White, who downplays his gift.
An android disco effect pervades some of the faster tunes.
The drama also works to tap into the general uneasiness pervading the culture.
An air of mystery pervades a third hot topic in Silicon Valley, autonomous vehicles.
Critics say the pages offer a snapshot into the frightening hate that has pervaded politics since Trump's contentious election win last November.
As paranoia and distrust pervades the White House, Claire asks Yates to leave, capitulating to Frank's wishes.
Amid the uncertainty, fear of the Islamic State has pervaded the archipelago nation.
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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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