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.
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.
- To persuade or induce; appeal to.
- To make use of for one's own benefit.To 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 praevaleÅ (“be very able or more able, be superior, prevail"), from prae (“before") + valeÅ (“be able or powerful").