prevail on/upon

Definition of prevail on/upon

  1. :  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

prevailplay
  1. :  to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority :  triumph

    :  to be or become effective or effectual

    :  to use persuasion successfully

uponplay
  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon


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