V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to spread and be distributed throughout

Synonyms: permeate, penetrate, fill, diffuse, saturate, overrun

Antonyms: empty, leak [out], leach

Tips: The adjective form of pervade is pervasive, which means "widespread, ubiquitous, or prevalent." Pervade is synonymous with permeate. Permeate means "to spread through something and become part of it." Think of how a smell permeates a room and then becomes part of it. Pervade basically just means "to spread throughout."

Usage Examples:

We know our grandmother is cooking because the delicious smells pervade the whole house. (fill, permeate)

There was a pervasive feeling of disappointment among the partygoers when the band quit early. (widespread) adjective

The pervasive opinion around the table was that plans for a company expansion should be halted for the time being. (prevalent, widespread) adjective

Anxiety pervaded throughout the agency when the company lost its biggest account. (permeated)

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