Examples of prevalent in a Sentence
- Sweden is known as a nation ridden by suicide and alcoholism, but those problems are no more prevalent here than in most European countries. —John Harris, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2002
- Teams seem to him better coached, players more skilled, the strategy even more defensive, the opportunities less prevalent, the game less ripe. —Alec Wilkinson, ESPN, 16 Apr. 2001
- So prevalent were grave robberies that the pharaohs' loyal retainers often spirited away their masters' remains for reinterment in secret graves. —Paul Martin, National Geographic Traveler, March 1999
- Throughout the Mediterranean culture, which was the matrix of our own, the tree was a prevalent embodiment of the Mother Goddess; … —Francis DuPlessix Gray, UTNE Reader, November/December 1987
a custom that was once prevalent here
Those teaching methods are still prevalent at some schools.
a fashion that is prevalent among teenagers
Recent Examples of prevalent from the Web
Mark believes his son would have had a better chance if the stigmas were less prevalent and better understood.
But in fact, Algeria joined a growing number of countries that have taken such extreme measures to combat cheating, as the practice becomes more prevalent and harder to detect.
Opatrny's scenario considers a period of time after the last stars die, when black holes would likely still be prevalent and some planets may survive.
Fetish signifiers seem to be more prevalent than ever, both in fashion and in popular culture at large.
Guns are also just more prevalent in Houston than other parts of the Lone Star State.
Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season.
The rise of fantasy leagues, off-shore websites, and online booking have made sports betting opportunities even more prevalent than ever before.
Synthetic microfiber pollution is at least five times more prevalent than plastic microbeads and bags and could be reduced through an instrument similar to the Landfill Tax, according to the Green Alliance, a pressure group.
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How Should You Use prevalent?
Many diseases that were prevalent a century ago have been controlled by advances in medicine. Smallpox was prevalent on several continents for many centuries, and when Europeans brought it with them to the Americas, it killed more American Indians than the armed settlers did. But prevalent doesn't just describe diseases. One ideal of male or female beauty may be prevalent in a particular society and quite a different ideal in another. In the 1950s and '60s, there was a prevalent notion that if you went swimming less than an hour after eating you might drown because of stomach cramps—which goes to show that not every prevalent idea is exactly true.
PREVALENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prevalent for English Language Learners
: accepted, done, or happening often or over a large area at a particular time : common or widespread
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