verb (used with object), per·vad·ed, per·vad·ing.

to become spread throughout all parts of: Spring pervaded the air.

Nearby words

  1. peruvian wart,
  2. peruzzi,
  3. peruzzi, baldassare,
  4. perv,
  5. perv on,
  6. pervasion,
  7. pervasive,
  8. perverse,
  9. perversely,
  10. perversion

Origin of pervade

1645–55; < Latin pervādere to pass through, equivalent to per- per- + vādere to go, walk

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British Dictionary definitions for pervade



(tr) to spread through or throughout, esp subtly or gradually; permeate
Derived Formspervader, nounpervasion (pɜːˈveɪʒən), noun

Word Origin for pervade

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.

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