Prevail meaning

prĭ-vāl'
Prevail is to be widespread or victorious.

When there is a general atmosphere of sadness in a town, this is an example of when sadness prevails.

When a politician wins an election, this is an example of when he prevails over his opponent.

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To gain the advantage or mastery; be victorious; triumph.
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To be in force, use, or effect; be current.

An ancient tradition that still prevails.

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To be greater in strength or influence; triumph.

The home team prevailed against the visitors. Shouldn't the public interest prevail over an individual's?

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To produce or achieve the desired effect; be effective; succeed.
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To be or become stronger or more widespread; predominate.
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(intransitive) To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand; to outnumber others.

Red colour prevails in the Canadian flag.

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To be most common or frequent; be predominant.

A region where snow and ice prevail.

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(intransitive) To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence.

In his day and age, such practices prevailed all over Europe.

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(intransitive) To succeed in persuading or inducing.

I prevailed on him to wait.

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To use persuasion or inducement successfully. Often used with on, upon, or with.
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To exist widely; be prevalent.
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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.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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