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1 to achieve victory (as in a contest)
  • we shall prevail despite the overwhelming odds

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2 to continue to operate or to meet one's needs
  • a custom that still prevails in many areas of Africa

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The first known use of prevail was in the 14th century

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“Prevail.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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to insert between existing elements

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