April 09, 2013
pervade (verb)
\per-VAYD\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to spread through all parts of : permeate
How do you use it?
A sense of excitement pervaded the room as we waited for Gina to open the door so we could all shout "Surprise!"
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Which of the following sentences do you think uses the word "pervade" correctly?

Errors pervade the uses of "pervade" in all but sentence C. In sentence A "pervade" is correctly used as a verb, but with an incorrect meaning of "permit." Sentences B and D showcase "pervade" being used as a noun and an adjective, respectively. "Pervade" comes from two Latin parts: "per-," meaning "through," and "vadere," meaning "to go." You know "per-" from words like "perform" and "persist." Words related to "pervade" through "vadere" might be familiar to you too: "invade" means "to enter for conquest or plunder" and "evade" means "to get away from or avoid by skill or trickery."
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