Definitions for prevailprɪˈveɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be widespread or current; exist generally.

  2. to appear or occur as the most important or frequent feature or element; predominate.

  3. to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usu. fol. by over):

    to prevail over one's enemies.

  4. to succeed; become dominant; win out.

  5. to use persuasion or inducement successfully (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    Can you prevail on him to go?

Origin of prevail:

1350–1400; ME < L praevalēre=prae-pre - +valēre to be strong; cf. prevalent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail(verb)

    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

  2. prevail, hold, obtain(verb)

    be valid, applicable, or true

    "This theory still holds"

  3. prevail, persist, die hard, run, endure(verb)

    continue to exist

    "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures"

  4. prevail, triumph(verb)

    prove superior

    "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"

  5. prevail(verb)

    use persuasion successfully

    "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prevail(verb)ɪˈveɪl

    to win or have the most influence

    hopes that peace will prevail; Bailey prevailed over his main rival in the 100m.

  2. prevailɪˈveɪl

    to be common or usual

    During the early 20th century racism prevailed in Europe and America.


  1. prevail(Verb)

    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.

    Red colour prevails in the Canadian flag.

  2. prevail(Verb)

    To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence.

    In his day and age, such practices prevailed all over Europe.

  3. prevail(Verb)

    To succeed in persuading or inducing.

    I prevailed on him to wait.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prevail(verb)

    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

  2. Prevail(verb)

    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

  3. Prevail(verb)

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


  1. Prevail

    Kiley Hendricks, better known by stage name Prevail, is a 4-time Juno Award winning Canadian hip hop artist raised in Victoria, British Columbia and based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prevail is part of platinum-selling Swollen Members, which consists principally of himself and Mad Child. They have been called "two of the most innovative people in hip-hop". Aside from his extensive catalog with Swollen Members, Prevail released a side project entitled Code Name Scorpion with Abstract Rude and Moka Only in 2001, his first solo EP Baseball Bat and Nails in 2009, and a second solo EP with Ol' City Rocker titled Spasefase in 2012.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prevail' in Verbs Frequency: #998

Translations for prevail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with over or against ) to win or succeed

With God's help we shall prevail over sin and wickedness; Truth must prevail in the end.

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