[ per-veyd ]
/ pərˈveɪd /
verb (used with object), per·vad·ed, per·vad·ing.
to become spread throughout all parts of: Spring pervaded the air.
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Origin of pervade
1645–55; < Latin pervādere to pass through, equivalent to per- per- + vādere to go, walk
OTHER WORDS FROM pervade
per·vad·er, nounper·vad·ing·ly, adverbper·vad·ing·ness, nounper·va·sion [per-vey-zhuhn] /pərˈveɪ ʒən/, noun
per·va·sive [per-vey-siv] /pərˈveɪ sɪv/, adjectivein·ter·per·vade, verb (used with object), in·ter·per·vad·ed, in·ter·per·vad·ing.un·per·vad·ed, adjectiveun·per·vad·ing, adjective
Words nearby pervade
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British Dictionary definitions for pervade
/ (pɜːˈveɪd) /
(tr) to spread through or throughout, esp subtly or gradually; permeate
Derived forms of pervadepervader, nounpervasion (pɜːˈveɪʒən), noun
Word Origin for pervade
C17: from Latin pervādere, from per- through + vādere to go
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