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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 the Appendix of 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 ?
Meg cheerfully blackened and burned her white hands cooking delicate messes for `the dear', while Amy, a loyal slave of the ring, celebrated her return by giving away as many of her treasures as she could prevail on her sisters to accept.
The motherwomen seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle.
But the children had abandoned their sports for their beds of skins, and the quiet of night was already beginning to prevail over the turbulence and excitement of so busy and important an evening.
They besieged us forty-eight hours; during which time seven of them were killed, and at last, finding themselves not likely to prevail, they raised the siege, and departed.
Knowing your natural temper better than l, he could the better judge what arguments to use, whether of tenderness or terror, such as might prevail over your hardness and obstinacy, insomuch that you should no longer hide the name of him who tempted you to this grievous fall.
But the ship, having her full complement of seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his father's influence could prevail.
It was a business meeting, and was transacted in English, but that made no difference to Marija; she said what was in her, and all the pounding of the chairman's gavel and all the uproar and confusion in the room could not prevail.
The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.
He argued like a young man very much bent on dancing; and Emma was rather surprized to see the constitution of the Weston prevail so decidedly against the habits of the Churchills.
She got steeped in the shower of yesterday evening, and there she has sat the night through, and I couldn't prevail on her to stir.
He watched long by the bedside of the suffering woman; he remained longer still in consultation with his medical brethren; he went back again to the sick-room, before Miss Garth could prevail on him to communicate to her the opinion at which he had arrived.
Lorry, "be sensibly relieved if he could prevail upon himself to impart that secret brooding to any one, when it is on him?