prevail on/upon

phrasal verb

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

Examples of prevail on/upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Americans can also offer a more consequential kind of support: the United States should prevail upon its private sector to share with India and other developing countries the technology and knowledge needed to beat the pandemic. Ro Khanna, Foreign Affairs, 17 May 2021 Dry weather will prevail on Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures in the mid-70s to lower 80s. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 24 May 2024 The developer was asking for full reimbursement if the aforementioned taxpayer lawsuit were to prevail on appeal, and partial reimbursement if the deal fell apart for other reasons, Goldstone, the mayor’s special adviser, said. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2024 He’s led Houston to a playoff shot as a rookie, and the Texans will prevail on the road in Indianapolis. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 By comparison, to prevail on judges, defendants typically must show prosecutors have unreasonably delayed or refused to comply with obligations to turn over specific, relevant materials important to the defense. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 Before the settlement, U.S. District Court Judge Holly Teeter, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, ruled that the teacher was likely to prevail on a claim that the policy violated her right to free exercise of religion. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 As the Colorado Supreme Court recognized, there are at least eight discrete issues in the case, and the voters challenging Mr. Trump’s eligibility must prevail on all of them. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 As the Kona low moves away, a drier pattern will prevail on Sunday. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023

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“Prevail on/upon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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