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prevalent

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adjective prev·a·lent \ˈpre-və-lənt, ˈprev-lənt\

Simple Definition of prevalent

  • : accepted, done, or happening often or over a large area at a particular time : common or widespread

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prevalent

  1. 1 archaic :  powerful

  2. 2 :  being in ascendancy :  dominant

  3. 3 :  generally or widely accepted, practiced, or favored :  widespread

prevalent

noun

prevalently

adverb

Examples of prevalent in a sentence

  1. Sweden is known as a nation ridden by suicide and alcoholism, but those problems are no more prevalent here than in most European countries. —John Harris, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2002

  2. Teams seem to him better coached, players more skilled, the strategy even more defensive, the opportunities less prevalent, the game less ripe. —Alec Wilkinson, ESPN, 16 Apr. 2001

  3. So prevalent were grave robberies that the pharaohs' loyal retainers often spirited away their masters' remains for reinterment in secret graves. —Paul Martin, National Geographic Traveler, March 1999

  4. Throughout the Mediterranean culture, which was the matrix of our own, the tree was a prevalent embodiment of the Mother Goddess; … —Francis DuPlessix Gray, UTNE Reader, November/December 1987

  5. a custom that was once prevalent here

  6. Those teaching methods are still prevalent at some schools.

  7. a fashion that is prevalent among teenagers



Origin and Etymology of prevalent

Latin praevalent-, praevalens very powerful, from present participle of praevalēre


First Known Use: 1576


PREVALENT Defined for Kids

prevalent

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adjective prev·a·lent \ˈpre-və-lənt\

Definition of prevalent for Students

  1. :  accepted, practiced, or happening often or over a wide area <prevalent beliefs>





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