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prevail

verb

  1. (predominate)  to be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    Synonyms: dominate, predominate, reign, rule.
  2. (exist)  to be valid, applicable, or true
    Synonyms: hold, obtain. Type of: exist
  3. (continue)  to continue to exist
    Synonyms: die hard, endure, perdure [formal], persist, run. Type of: continue. Similar to: run
  4. (win)  to prove superior
    Synonyms: triumph. Type of: win
  5. (persuade)  to use persuasion successfully
    Type of: persuade

Etymology summary

Middle English prevailen, from Old French prevaler, from Latin praevaleō ("be...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

prevail | prevailer [noun, derived]

[often followed by] over or against to prove superior; gain mastery | to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent | to exist widely; ... (25 of 465 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

prevail | triumph [synonym, sense-specific] | predominate [synonym, sense-specific] | persist [synonym, sense-specific] | conquer [synonym, sense-specific] | win [synonym, sense-specific] | lose [antonym, sense-specific] | overcome [similar, sense-specific] | sweep [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority; "triumph" | to be or become effective or effectual | to use persuasion successfully | to be ... (21 of 163 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prevail

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prevail [intransitive, formal] | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

to exist at a particular time or in a particular situation | to be the strongest influence or element in a situation | to defeat someone in a game, ... (27 of 118 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prevail

American Heritage Dictionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present] | prevailer [noun, related]

To be greater in strength or influence; triumph | To be or become effective; win out | To be most common or frequent; be predominant | To be in force, ... (27 of 107 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

prevail | prevail on/upon

prove more powerful or superior | be widespread or current in a particular area or at a particular time | ("prevail on/upon") : persuade (someone) to ... (24 of 94 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prevail

Random House Dictionary:

prevail

to be widespread or current; exist everywhere or generally. | to appear or occur as the more important or frequent feature or element; predominate. | ... (23 of 94 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Prevail [disambiguation]

may refer to: Prevail (musician), a hip-hop artist from Vancouver | Prevail (album), an album by death metal band Kataklysm (19 of 69 words, 2 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand; to outnumber others. | [intransitive] To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or ... (37 of 66 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples)

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New World Dictionary:

prevail

to gain the advantage or mastery; be victorious; triumph: often with over or against | to produce or achieve the desired effect; be effective; succeed ... (24 of 60 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

prevail [formal]

to get control or influence | to be common among a group of people or area at a particular time (19 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

to prove to be stronger and in the position of greater influence and power | to prove to be effective | to predominate or be the most common or ... (27 of 107 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737046​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English prevailen, from Old French prevaler, from Latin praevaleō ("be very able or more able, be superior, prevail"), from prae ("before") + valeō ("be able or powerful").

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American Heritage Dictionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English prevailen, from Old French prevaloir, prevaill-, from Latin praevalēre, to be stronger: ... (14 of 25 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

prevail

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin praevalēre to be superior in strength, from prae beyond + valēre to be strong

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prevail

New World Dictionary:

prevail

Origin: Middle English prevaylen from Latin praevalere from prae-, before (see "pre-") + valere, to be strong: see "value"

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Online Etymology:

prevail

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Latin praevalere "have greater power", from prae "before" + valere "have power, be strong".

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Oxford Dictionary:

prevail | prevail on/upon

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin praevalere "have greater power", from prae "before" + valere "have power"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prevail

Merriam-Webster:

prevail

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin praevalēre, from prae- pre- + valēre to be strong

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Encarta Dictionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin praevalere "be stronger" from valere "be strong"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737046​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prevail"

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Collins Dictionary:

prevail

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

prevail [intransitive, formal] | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prevail"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

prevail [intransitive, formal, verb] | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prevail"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

prevail [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "prevail"

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the Free Dictionary:

prevail

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Google Dictionary:

prevail | prevailed [past tense] | prevailing [present participle] | prevails [3rd-person singular present]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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freedictionary.org:

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