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Princeton's WordNet

  1. permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddleverb

    spread or diffuse through

    "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"


  1. pervadeverb

    To be in every part of; to spread through

    Cruel wars pervade history.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pervadeverb

    to pass or flow through, as an aperture, pore, or interstice; to permeate

    Etymology: [L. pervadere, pervasum; per + vadere to go, to walk. See Per-, and Wade.]

  2. Pervadeverb

    to pass or spread through the whole extent of; to be diffused throughout

    Etymology: [L. pervadere, pervasum; per + vadere to go, to walk. See Per-, and Wade.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pervade

    per-vād′, v.t. to go through or penetrate: to spread all over.—n. Pervā′sion.—adj. Pervā′sive, tending or having power to pervade. [L. pervadĕre, pervasumper, through, vadĕre, to go.]

Anagrams for pervade »

  1. deprave, repaved

  2. Deprave

  3. Repaved

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pervade in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pervade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of pervade in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Franklin, letter to David Hartley, December 4, 1789:

    God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: "This is my country."

  2. Scott Long:

    There is consistent pattern of invading private life. Arresting people in their apartment, breaking down their doors, looking for evidence of 'deviance', what underwear you wear, looking for condoms in the drawers, this is a strong message by the state power to pervade private life.

  3. J. Gresham Machen:

    The Christian cannot be satisfied so long as any human activity is either opposed to Christianity or out of connection with Christianity. Christianity must pervade not merely all nations but also all of human thought.

  4. Barry Schwartz:

    Our institutions and values are in jeopardy as the mores of the market pervade all social life in this country. Loyalty, honesty, courage, discipline, patriotism, and commitment to family are being crowded out by the goals and rules of economic rationality -- do whatever makes the most money.

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1 Comment

  • Brad Johnston
    To my observation, "pervasive" is more common, and hence more useful, than "pervade".The same might be said for many of the daily words you so thoughtfully present. And, I still question the usefulness of your describing the pronounciation as per'vaId. Hmmm. That didn't work, let's try it again. I can't make the 'l' (lower case ell) look like a capital 'i' (eye), as you do. Maybe per-VADE would be better. There's only one way to say it. 
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(used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
  • A. bristly
  • B. splay
  • C. currish
  • D. askant

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