- 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
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- (tr) to spread through or throughout, esp subtly or gradually; permeate
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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