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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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  • pervading this responsibility is a commitment to conserve a healthy environment.
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  • They are haunted, rather, by a subtler threat--that which pervading conformity presents to the intellectual community.
  • The impossibly dense ether has been replaced by an infinite energy density pervading the entire universe.
  • pervading these anecdotes, whether comic or sad, is the author's fine sense of humor and his celebration of life and nature.
  • We know how to help an organization understand the underlying patterns that reinforce the pervading culture.
  • He argued that there could be a magnetic field pervading the entire galaxy if plasma was spread throughout the galaxy.
British Dictionary definitions for pervading


(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 pervading



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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