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[per-veyd] /pərˈveɪd/
verb (used with object), pervaded, pervading.
to become spread throughout all parts of:
Spring pervaded the air.
Origin of pervade
1645-55; < Latin pervādere to pass through, equivalent to per- per- + vādere to go, walk
Related forms
pervader, noun
pervadingly, adverb
pervadingness, noun
[per-vey-zhuh n] /pərˈveɪ ʒən/ (Show IPA),
[per-vey-siv] /pərˈveɪ sɪv/ (Show IPA),
interpervade, verb (used with object), interpervaded, interpervading.
unpervaded, adjective
unpervading, adjective
diffuse, fill. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pervade
  • The universe is expanding, being thrust apart by some mysterious “dark energy”, minute traces of which pervade all space.
  • In this version of the old story, quiet menace seems to pervade every scene.
  • In fact, steer clear of the negativity that can pervade academia.
  • These forces and energies pervade the entire Universe.
  • And this principle must pervade the whole plan.
  • Violence, guilt and tension pervade the bleak stories he brings to the screen.
  • These effects pervade our lives and can act as positive or negative externalities on differing communities.
  • The same cheerful restlessness seems to pervade all areas of his life.
  • But its culture of secrecy has grown to pervade virtually all of its dealings with the news media and even its business partners.
  • But a sense of unease also seems to pervade the bucolic setting.
British Dictionary definitions for pervade


(transitive) to spread through or throughout, esp subtly or gradually; permeate
Derived Forms
pervader, noun
pervasion (pɜːˈveɪʒən) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pervādere, from per- through + vādere to go
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Word Origin and History for pervade

1650s, from Latin pervadere "spread or go through," from per- "through" + vadere "to go" (see vamoose). Related: Pervaded; pervading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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