To pervade is to fill or cover everything with something. When you pervade a room with a smell, you are covering it with that smell.

  • The smell of the perfume was so strong that it pervaded the entire room.

  • The flowers were so colorful that they pervaded the room.

Definition of pervade


spread or diffuse through


diffuse, imbue, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, riddle

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Example Sentences for pervade

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    A functionalist style pervades the house.

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    The water pervades the sheet slowly.

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    The abuse may pervade the family environment.

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    It's a vaguely defined miasma of irrationalism that pervades academia.

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    The highlighting of achievements only still pervade the article.

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    In the other pictures of the grey series, the mood is of pervading melancholy.

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    Indiscriminate attacks and arbitrary arrests pervade Southern Kordofan.

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    Dancers of the story of the theme should pervade the whole dance.

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    This sentiment of sexual antagonism pervaded much of the suffragette struggle.

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    A sense of normalcy would once again pervade the Granite City.