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- (transitive) To be in every part of; to spread through.
- Cruel wars pervade history.
- 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter II, The Younger Set:
- "I ought to arise and go forth with timbrels and with dances; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels? There has been a little—just a very little bit too much festivity so far …. Not that I don't adore dinners and gossip and dances; not that I do not love to pervade bright and glittering places. […]"
- 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 7
- The animals were thoroughly frightened. It seemed to them as though Snowball were some kind of invisible influence, pervading the air about them and menacing them with all kinds of dangers.
to be in every part of