prevail on/upon

Definition of prevail on/upon

:to ask or persuade (someone) to do something
  • They prevailed on/upon me to play a few tunes on the piano.

Word by Word Definitions

prevail play
  1. : to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority : triumph

  2. : to be or become effective or effectual

  3. : to use persuasion successfully

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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