What does prevail mean?

Definitions for prevail
prɪˈveɪlpre·vail

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prevail.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [F. prvaloir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See Valiant.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. prvaloir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See Valiant.]

  3. Prevail(verb)

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

    Etymology: [F. prvaloir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See Valiant.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prevail

    prē-vāl′, v.i. to be very powerful: to gain the victory: to have the upper hand: to have greater influence or effect: to overcome: to be in force: to succeed.—v.t. (obs.) avail.—adj. Prevail′ing, having great power: controlling: bringing about results: very general or common.—adv. Prevail′ingly.—ns. Prevail′ment (Shak.), prevalence; Prev′alence, Prev′alency, the state of being prevalent or wide-spread: superior strength or influence: preponderance: efficacy.—adj. Prev′alent, prevailing: having great power: victorious: wide-spread: most common.—adv. Prev′alently. [Fr. prévaloir—L. prævalērepræ, before, valēre, to be powerful.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevail in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of prevail in a Sentence

  1. House Democrats:

    We are elected to lead, the ACA was and is good for people in Indiana as well for the country. Republicans successfully demonized it for political reasons. But if we are really sincere about doing what's best for the people we represent, especially on an issue as big as ACA, politics needs to be shelved and leadership needs to prevail.

  2. Mateusz Morawiecki:

    President has done the proposal because he promised it but he won't push it, i hope some common sense solution will prevail on Swiss francs.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The intellectuals, academics, scholars and visionary figures' notice, and attention prevail upon millions of the usual ones. Indeed, it shows a distinctive value between quality and quantity.

  4. Kevin Headland:

    Eventually cooler heads prevail and good quality companies look cheaper after a pullback yesterday and investors come back to the markets.

  5. Vikrant Parsai:

    Strong and decided measures prevail best with troublesome people.

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Translations for prevail

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  • تسودArabic
  • převládatCzech
  • vorherrschenGerman
  • prevalecerSpanish
  • غالب شدن پیروز شدن چیره شدنPersian
  • suostutella, taivutellaFinnish
  • dominer, prédominer, l'emporter, persuader, prévaloirFrench
  • prevalereItalian
  • לִגבּוֹרHebrew
  • prævalebuntLatin
  • domineren, overtuigen, overwinnen, overheersen, zegevierenDutch
  • dah honiłnéNavajo, Navaho
  • predominar, prevalecerPortuguese
  • восторжествовать, доминировать, превалировать, господствовать, убедить, одержать победу, преобладать, уговоритьRussian
  • förhärskaSwedish
  • மேம்படுTamil
  • เหนือกว่าThai

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