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Meaning of PREVAIL

Pronunciation:  pri'veyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  use persuasion successfully; "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"
  2. [v]  prove superior; "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"
  3. [v]  be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
  4. [v]  continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures"
  5. [v]  be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"

PREVAIL is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: die hard, dominate, endure, hold, obtain, persist, predominate, reign, rule, run, triumph
 See Also: be, carry over, continue, exist, outbalance, outweigh, overarch, overbalance, override, persuade, preponderate, redound, reverberate, sway, win



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*vail"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prevailed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Prevailing}.] [F. pr['e]valoir, OF. prevaleir, L.
praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or
worth. See {Valiant}.]
1. To overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to gain
   the advantage; to have the upper hand, or the mastery; to
   succeed; -- sometimes with over or against.

         When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and
         when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. --Ex.
                                               xvii. 11.

         So David prevailed over the Philistine. --1 Sam.
                                               xvii. 50.

         This kingdom could never prevail against the united
         power of England.                     --Swift.

2. To be in force; to have effect, power, or influence; to be
   predominant; to have currency or prevalence; to obtain;
   as, the practice prevails this day.

         This custom makes the short-sighted bigots, and the
         warier skeptics, as far as it prevails. --Locke.

3. To persuade or induce; -- with on, upon, or with; as, I
   prevailedon him to wait.

         He was prevailed with to restrain the Earl.

         Prevail upon some judicious friend to be your
         constant hearer, and allow him the utmost freedom.