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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 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 ?
None of us had any but a Moor, who could not be prevailed upon to part with it at less than the weight in gold; we got some from him at last, and endeavoured to revive the two servants, while part of us went to look for a guide that might put us in the right way.
I introduced Didymus and Eustathius to Homer, and prevailed on him to treat them better than perhaps they deserved, for he soon found they wanted a genius to enter into the spirit of a poet.
I then desired the governor to call up Descartes and Gassendi, with whom I prevailed to explain their systems to Aristotle.
In Helene's circle the war in general was regarded as a series of formal demonstrations which would very soon end in peace, and the view prevailed expressed by Bilibin- who now in Petersburg was quite at home in Helene's house, which every clever man was obliged to visit- that not by gunpowder but by those who invented it would matters be settled.
Nor was I without my share of the effects of his malice, while I endeavoured to protect my tutor; but that I have long forgiven; nay, I prevailed with Mr Thwackum to forgive him too, and not to inform you of a secret which I feared might be fatal to him.
ALL the Goods were once driven out by the Ills from that common share which they each had in the affairs of mankind; for the Ills by reason of their numbers had prevailed to possess the earth.
Tots as they were, they pulled together and stood their ground in childish battles with doubled fists and uplifted voices, which usually prevailed against the other mother-tots.
He bore with philosophy the conviction that Elizabeth must now become acquainted with whatever of his ingratitude and falsehood had before been unknown to her; and in spite of every thing, was not wholly without hope that Darcy might yet be prevailed on to make his fortune.
But at length, by Elizabeth's persuasion, he was prevailed on to overlook the offence, and seek a reconciliation; and, after a little farther resistance on the part of his aunt, her resentment gave way, either to her affection for him, or her curiosity to see how his wife conducted herself; and she condescended to wait on them at Pemberley, in spite of that pollution which its woods had received, not merely from the presence of such a mistress, but the visits of her uncle and aunt from the city.
It was a hard trial of the courage and means of an individual to have to fit out another costly expedition, where so much had already been expended, so much uncertainty prevailed, and where the risk of loss was so greatly enhanced, that no insurance could be effected.
Yes, my father can seldom be prevailed on to give the waters what I think a fair trial.
Can you, in short, be prevailed on to quit this scene of public triumph and oblige your friend Eleanor with your company in Gloucestershire?