An ancient tradition that still prevails.
The home team prevailed against the visitors. Shouldn't the public interest prevail over an individual's?
A region where snow and ice prevail.
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.
- to persuade or induce; appeal to
- to make use of for one's own benefitTo prevail on a friend's good nature.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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").