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English definition of “pervade”

pervade

verb [T]     /pəˈveɪd/ US  /pɚ-/ formal
When qualities , characteristics , or smells pervade a place or thing, they spread through it and are present in every part of it: The film is a reflection of the violence that pervades our culture .Filling and completing
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