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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 pervaded
  • Yet, in spite of a serious effort, a heaviness pervaded the collection.
  • It was no longer a threat, except for the smell of moribund quadruped that pervaded the room.
  • The optimism and serenity that pervaded the start of school last year have given way to deep unease.
  • Our current economic discourse is pervaded by fatalism.
  • The flowers were out, the markets awash with watermelons, and a scent of jasmine pervaded the air.
  • There was none of the leadership speculation that pervaded last year's conference.
  • Nevertheless, a feeling of normality prevailed and pervaded all vision.
  • The stiff-white-box feeling perfectly matched the vacant ennui and fear that pervaded the play.
  • Night seemed less night in the kitchen pervaded with the everyday tribulations, day less dead.
  • She deduced from her observations that galaxies are pervaded by dark matter, invisible to our telescopes.
British Dictionary definitions for pervaded


(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 pervaded



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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