prevailed; prevailing; prevails
Essential Meaning of prevail
1 : to defeat an opponent especially in a long or difficult contest Our soccer team prevailed [=won] despite the bad weather.
2 : to be usual, common, or popular Mutual respect prevails among students and teachers here. The house was built in the style that prevailed in the 1980s.
3 : to be or continue to be in use The tribal custom still prevails [=persists] after hundreds of years. The law still prevails in some states.
Full Definition of prevail
1 : to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority : triumph
2 : to be or become effective or effectual
3 : to use persuasion successfully prevailed on him to sing
4 : to be frequent : predominate the west winds that prevail in the mountains
5 : to be or continue in use or fashion : persist a custom that still prevails
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