prev·​a·​lent ˈpre-və-lənt How to pronounce prevalent (audio)
: generally or widely accepted, practiced, or favored : widespread
: being in ascendancy : dominant
archaic : powerful
prevalent noun
prevalently adverb

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Asthma is among the most prevalent chronic illnesses in the county, with one in 10 adults reporting an asthma diagnosis. oregonlive, 10 Nov. 2022 The plan, outlined for The Baltimore Sun by city officials and leaders of the collaborative, calls for no squeegee zones to be established in six areas where squeegee activity has been most prevalent in the city. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 10 Nov. 2022 While Nike, Adidas and ASICS shoes were the most prevalent brands among elite runners, there were several shoes that aren’t yet available to the public. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 7 Nov. 2022 Over the past year, several different types of detoxes claiming to purge the body of worm invaders have gone viral on the app, offering a bold (and medically unsound) answer to some of life’s most prevalent health issues. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2022 Falconry is one of the most prevalent sports in Qatar, indeed the Arabian Peninsula as a whole, and there are specialist stores run by falconers, who have the for-sale birds on display on their perches. Arkansas Online, 3 Nov. 2022 Ethereum’s innovation of smart contracts is not compatible with Bitcoin’s system, and the most prevalent solutions for bringing them together are clunky and risky. Marshall Hayner, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2022 Sports betting is the most prevalent form of legal betting, although many of those states also allow bets on online casino games as well. Sam Wilkins, Chicago Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 Most of those deaths were suicides — the most prevalent cause of death for Utah inmates since at least 2013, as far back as a state report has tracked data. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin praevalent-, praevalens very powerful, from present participle of praevalēre

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of prevalent was in the 15th century

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“Prevalent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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prev·​a·​lent ˈprev(-ə)-lənt How to pronounce prevalent (audio)
: accepted, practiced, or happening often or over a wide area
prevalently adverb

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