Definition of Prevail

1. Verb. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance. "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"




2. Verb. Be valid, applicable, or true. "This theory still holds"
Exact synonyms: Hold, Obtain
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist

3. Verb. Continue to exist. "The legend of Elvis endures"
Exact synonyms: Die Hard, Endure, Persist, Run
Generic synonyms: Continue
Specialized synonyms: Carry Over, Reverberate
Related verbs: Run
Derivative terms: Diehard, Persistent, Prevalence, Prevalent

4. Verb. Prove superior. "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"
Exact synonyms: Triumph
Generic synonyms: Win
Derivative terms: Triumph, Triumphant

5. Verb. Use persuasion successfully. "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"
Generic synonyms: Persuade

Definition of Prevail

1. v. i. To overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to gain the advantage; to have the upper hand, or the mastery; to succeed; -- sometimes with over or against.

Definition of Prevail

1. Verb. (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. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To succeed in persuading or inducing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prevail

1. to triumph [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: triumph

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prevail

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Literary usage of Prevail

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1. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"... the appre- hension of the judgment that did hang over our heads : but all was not sufficient to prevail with very '*««•*• them to come with me. * nance. ..."

2. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"424 diseases of the zymotic class, which, though always more or less prevalent, only occasionally prevail with epidemic intensity. ..."

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