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[per-veyd] /pərˈveɪd/
verb (used with object), pervaded, pervading.
to become spread throughout all parts of:
Spring pervaded the air.
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 pervades
  • Offbeat humor pervades the outback, where many conveniences must be built by hand.
  • First, she should stand up to the corruption that pervades the logging sector.
  • Anti-bear sentiment pervades the central range as well.
  • The culprit was labeled dark energy-a hypothesized presence that pervades space and pushes the pieces of the universe apart.
  • We still have no idea how life began, or whether life exists only here on our lonely planet or pervades the cosmos.
  • Unfortunately there persists a scarcity mentality that pervades issues regarding people's perceptions of the natural world.
  • So it's a metaphor that pervades both language and thought.
  • Nanotechnology is simply the inevitable end result of a persistent trend toward miniaturization that pervades all of technology.
  • In fact the whole tendency to dualism that pervades human thinking may be found to be lessened, or changed.
  • The nothing-to-hide argument pervades discussions about privacy.
British Dictionary definitions for pervades


(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 pervades



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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