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prevail

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verb pre·vail \pri-ˈvāl\

Simple Definition of prevail

  • : to defeat an opponent especially in a long or difficult contest

  • : to be usual, common, or popular

  • : to be or continue to be in use

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prevail

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority :  triumph

  3. 2 :  to be or become effective or effectual

  4. 3 :  to use persuasion successfully <prevailed on him to sing>

  5. 4 :  to be frequent :  predominate <the west winds that prevail in the mountains>

  6. 5 :  to be or continue in use or fashion :  persist <a custom that still prevails>

Examples of prevail in a sentence

  1. Mutual respect prevails among students and teachers here.

  2. The house was built in the style that prevailed in the 1980s.

  3. The law still prevails in some states.



Origin of prevail

Middle English, from Latin praevalēre, from prae- pre- + valēre to be strong — more at wield


First Known Use: 15th century



PREVAIL Defined for Kids

prevail

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verb pre·vail \pri-ˈvāl\

Definition of prevail for Students

prevailedprevailing

  1. 1 :  to succeed in convincing <Students prevailed upon the teacher to extend recess.>

  2. 2 :  to be or become usual, common, or widespread <West winds prevail in that region.>

  3. 3 :  to win against opposition <Good will prevail over evil.>




Law Dictionary

prevail

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intransitive verb pre·vail \pri-ˈvāl\

Legal Definition of prevail

  1. 1 :  to obtain substantially the relief or action sought in a lawsuit

  2. 2 :  to be frequent or predominant <the prevailing rate>





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