Prevail Definition

prevailed, prevails
prevailed, prevails
To gain the advantage or mastery; be victorious; triumph.
Webster's New World
To produce or achieve the desired effect; be effective; succeed.
Webster's New World
To be most common or frequent; be predominant.
A region where snow and ice prevail.
American Heritage
To be in force, use, or effect; be current.
An ancient tradition that still prevails.
American Heritage
To be or become stronger or more widespread; predominate.
Webster's New World
prevail on
  • to persuade or induce; appeal to
  • to make use of for one's own benefit

    to prevail on a friend's good nature

Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Prevail

  • prevail on

Origin of Prevail

  • Middle English prevailen from Old French prevaloir prevaill- from Latin praevalēre to be stronger prae- pre- valēre to be strong wal- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English prevailen, from Old French prevaler, from Latin praevaleō (“be very able or more able, be superior, prevail"), from prae (“before") + valeō (“be able or powerful").

    From Wiktionary

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