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pervasive (adj) present or spreading everywhere.

When you say that the influence of the TV is pervasive, you mean that it influences everyone in everyplace. 'Corruption is all pervasive.' This means that corruption is present and spreads everywhere. With the wide use of the computer, change is pervasive. That is, with the use of the computer, there is change everywhere; change has spread everywhere.

  • None can deny the pervasive influence of the visual media like the TV and the cinema. Adults and children everywhere are certainly under their influence.
  • A mood of happiness is pervasive everywhere, with the boom in the stock markets. Everyone appears to be happy everywhere in the country.
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