prevail


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

pre·vail

 (prĭ-vāl′)
intr.v. pre·vailed, pre·vail·ing, pre·vails
1. 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?
2. To be most common or frequent; be predominant: a region where snow and ice prevail.
3. To be in force, use, or effect; be current: an ancient tradition that still prevails.
4. To use persuasion or inducement successfully. Often used with on, upon, or with. See Synonyms at persuade.

[Middle English prevailen, from Old French prevaloir, prevaill-, from Latin praevalēre, to be stronger : prae-, pre- + valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·vail′er n.

prevail

(prɪˈveɪl)
vb (intr)
1. (often foll by: over or against) to prove superior; gain mastery: skill will prevail.
2. to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent
3. to exist widely; be in force
4. (often foll by: on or upon) to succeed in persuading or inducing
[C14: from Latin praevalēre to be superior in strength, from prae beyond + valēre to be strong]
preˈvailer n

pre•vail

(prɪˈveɪl)

v.i.
1. to be widespread or current; exist generally.
2. to appear or occur as the most important or frequent feature or element; predominate.
3. to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usu. fol. by over): to prevail over one's enemies.
4. to succeed; become dominant; win out.
5. to use persuasion or inducement successfully (usu. fol. by on or upon): Can you prevail on him to go?
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin praevalēre=prae- pre- + valēre to be strong; compare prevalent]
pre•vail′er, n.

prevail


Past participle: prevailed
Gerund: prevailing

Imperative
prevail
prevail
Present
I prevail
you prevail
he/she/it prevails
we prevail
you prevail
they prevail
Preterite
I prevailed
you prevailed
he/she/it prevailed
we prevailed
you prevailed
they prevailed
Present Continuous
I am prevailing
you are prevailing
he/she/it is prevailing
we are prevailing
you are prevailing
they are prevailing
Present Perfect
I have prevailed
you have prevailed
he/she/it has prevailed
we have prevailed
you have prevailed
they have prevailed
Past Continuous
I was prevailing
you were prevailing
he/she/it was prevailing
we were prevailing
you were prevailing
they were prevailing
Past Perfect
I had prevailed
you had prevailed
he/she/it had prevailed
we had prevailed
you had prevailed
they had prevailed
Future
I will prevail
you will prevail
he/she/it will prevail
we will prevail
you will prevail
they will prevail
Future Perfect
I will have prevailed
you will have prevailed
he/she/it will have prevailed
we will have prevailed
you will have prevailed
they will have prevailed
Future Continuous
I will be prevailing
you will be prevailing
he/she/it will be prevailing
we will be prevailing
you will be prevailing
they will be prevailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prevailing
you have been prevailing
he/she/it has been prevailing
we have been prevailing
you have been prevailing
they have been prevailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prevailing
you will have been prevailing
he/she/it will have been prevailing
we will have been prevailing
you will have been prevailing
they will have been prevailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prevailing
you had been prevailing
he/she/it had been prevailing
we had been prevailing
you had been prevailing
they had been prevailing
Conditional
I would prevail
you would prevail
he/she/it would prevail
we would prevail
you would prevail
they would prevail
Past Conditional
I would have prevailed
you would have prevailed
he/she/it would have prevailed
we would have prevailed
you would have prevailed
they would have prevailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prevail - be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
override - prevail over; "health considerations override financial concerns"
overarch - be central or dominant; "This scene overarches the entire first act"
outbalance, overbalance, preponderate, outweigh - weigh more heavily; "these considerations outweigh our wishes"
2.prevail - be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"
exist, be - have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
3.prevail - continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures"
continue - exist over a prolonged period of time; "The bad weather continued for two more weeks"
carry over - transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another
run - occur persistently; "Musical talent runs in the family"
reverberate - have a long or continuing effect; "The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life"
4.prevail - prove superiorprevail - prove superior; "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"
win - be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious; "He won the Gold Medal in skating"; "Our home team won"; "Win the game"
5.prevail - use persuasion successfully; "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

prevail

verb
1. win, succeed, triumph, overcome, overrule, be victorious, carry the day, prove superior, gain mastery We hoped that common sense would prevail.
2. be widespread, abound, predominate, be current, be prevalent, preponderate, exist generally A similar situation prevails in America.
prevail on or upon someone persuade, influence, convince, prompt, win over, induce, incline, dispose, sway, talk into, bring round Do you think she can be prevailed upon to do it?

prevail

verb
To occupy the preeminent position in:
Idioms: have the ascendancy, reign supreme.
phrasal verb
prevail against or over
To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition:
Informal: trim, whip.
Slang: ace, lick.
Idioms: carry the day, get the best of, get the better of, go someone one better.
phrasal verb
prevail on or upon
To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way:
Translations
يَسود، يَعِم، يَنْتَشِريَنْتَصِر على، يَتَغَلَّب على
převládattrvatzvítězit
sejre
sigravera ráîandi
paplitęspaplitimas
būt pārsvarāgūt virsrokuuzvarētvaldīt
baskın çıkmakyaygın olmakyenmek

prevail

[prɪˈveɪl] VI
1. (= gain mastery) → prevalecer
finally good sense prevailedpor fin se impuso el buen sentido
eventually peace prevailedal final se restableció la paz
to prevail against or over one's enemiestriunfar sobre los enemigos
2. (= be current) [views, opinions] → predominar; (= be in fashion) → estar de moda, estar en boga
the conditions that now prevaillas condiciones que ahora imperan
3. (= persuade) to prevail (up)on sb to do sthconvencer a algn para que haga algo
he was eventually prevailed upon to do itpor fin lograron convencerlo de que lo hiciera
she could not be prevailed uponfue imposible persuadirla, no se convenció

prevail

[prɪˈveɪl] vi
(= triumph) [common sense, opinion, proposal] → prévaloir
In the end, common sense prevailed → À la fin, le bon sens a prévalu.
Rick still believes that justice will prevail → Rick croit toujours que la justice prévaudra.
to prevail over sth → prévaloir contre qch
(= exist, be common) [doctrine, situation, conditions, attitudes] → avoir cours
A similar situation prevails in America → Une situation similaire a cours en Amérique.
(= win) (in battle, contest, dispute)s'imposer
prevail on
vt fuspersuader
to prevail on sb to do sth → persuader qn de faire qch
to prevail upon sb to do sth → persuader qn de faire qch

prevail

vi
(= gain mastery)sich durchsetzen (over, against gegenüber)
(conditions, wind etc)vorherrschen; (= be widespread: customs) → weitverbreitet sein
(= persuade) to prevail (up)on somebody to do somethingjdn dazu bewegen or bringen, etw zu tun

prevail

[prɪˈveɪl] vi
a. (gain mastery) to prevail (against, over)prevalere (su)
b. (be current, fashion, belief) → essere diffuso/a
the conditions that prevail → le condizioni attuali
c. (persuade) to prevail (up)on sb to do sthconvincere qn a fare qc, persuadere qn a fare qc

prevail

(priˈveil) verb
1. (with over or against) to win or succeed. With God's help we shall prevail over sin and wickedness; Truth must prevail in the end.
2. to be most usual or common. This mistaken belief still prevails in some parts of the country.
preˈvailing adjective
1. most frequent. The prevailing winds are from the west.
2. common or widespread at the present time. the prevailing mood of discontent among young people.
prevalent (ˈprevələnt) adjective
common; widespread. Lung diseases used to be prevalent among miners.
prevalence (ˈprevələns) noun
prevail on/upon
to persuade. Can I prevail on you to stay for supper?
References in classic literature ?
An aristocracy seems most likely to confer the honours of the state on the virtuous; for virtue is the object of an aristocracy, riches of an oligarchy, and liberty of a democracy; for what is approved of by the majority will prevail in all or in each of these three different states; and that which seems good to most of those who compose the community will prevail: for what is called a state prevails in many communities, which aim at a mixture of rich and poor, riches and liberty: as for the rich, they are usually supposed to take the place of the worthy and honourable.
We spent the next night in the mountains, but when we should have set out in the morning, were obliged to a fierce dispute with the old Moor, who had not yet lost his inclination to destroy us; he would have had us taken a road which was full of those people we were so much afraid of: at length finding he could not prevail with us, that we charged the goods upon him as belonging to the Emperor, to whom he should be answerable for the loss of them, he consented, in a sullen way, to go with us.
It will be sufficient to remark, first, that for the reasons elsewhere assigned, it is less likely that any decided partiality should prevail in the councils of the Union than in those of any of its members.
In proportion as either prevails, it will be conveyed into the national representation; and for the very reason, that this will be an emanation from a greater variety of interests, and in much more various proportions, than are to be found in any single State, it will be much less apt to espouse either of them with a decided partiality, than the representation of any single State.
As long as this interest prevails in most of the State legislatures, so long it must maintain a correspondent superiority in the national Senate, which will generally be a faithful copy of the majorities of those assemblies.
In reality, Blifil had taken some pains to prevail with the parson, and to prevent the discovery at that time; for which he had many reasons.
The motherwomen seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle.
Among the innumerable categories applicable to the phenomena of human life one may discriminate between those in which substance prevails and those in which form prevails.
However, very cold weather conditions are likely to prevail in Northern areas, Malakand and Quetta divisions.
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country, Pagasa said.
Mainly sunny and clear skies are expected to prevail on Wednesday and temperature is anticipated to further slightly rise.
During a Prevail CU special meeting last week, 89% of members voted in favor merging with Harborstone Credit Union, the credit unions said in an announcement.