Definition of prevail
- prevailed on him to sing
- the west winds that prevail in the mountains
- a custom that still prevails
Mutual respect prevails among students and teachers here.
The house was built in the style that prevailed in the 1980s.
The law still prevails in some states.
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: 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
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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