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Syllabification: per·vade
Pronunciation: /pərˈvād

Definition of pervade in English:


[with object]
1(Especially of a smell) spread through and be perceived in every part of: a smell of stale cabbage pervaded the air
More example sentences
  • Tall chimneys spew out long fingers of white smoke, the smell of dinner pervading the night air.
  • Instead, all they have to do is follow their nose - the sweet, strong smell pervades the entire gallery.
  • If they open their windows, the smell pervades their homes and lingers there for a long time.
permeate, spread through, fill, suffuse, be diffused through, imbue, penetrate, filter through, percolate through, infuse, perfuse, flow through;
1.1(Of an influence, feeling, or quality) be present and apparent throughout: the sense of crisis that pervaded Europe in the 1930s
More example sentences
  • They are derivative works, and this weakness just pervades them throughout.
  • Disbelief, anger, worry and fear now pervade rural communities throughout the country.
  • I think that managers have got to have a better understanding of the discrimination issues that pervade throughout the service at the present time.


mid 17th century (also in the sense 'traverse'): from Latin pervadere, from per- 'throughout' + vadere 'go'.



Pronunciation: /pərˈvāZHən/
Example sentences
  • He just said: ‘In this virtual world, the pervasion of indecent information is inevitable.’
  • People have begun to realize that the pervasion of law into every layer of life calls for a specialized and ethical legal profession.
  • It also goes to show Russia in a light other than the stock images of communism, deprivation and Mafia pervasion.

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