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Definition of "prevail" []

  • To be greater in strength or influence; triumph: prevailed against the enemy. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be or become effective; win out: hoped justice would prevail. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be most common or frequent; be predominant: a region where snow and ice prevail. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be in force, use, or effect; be current: an ancient tradition that still prevails. (verb-intransitive)
  • To use persuasion or inducement successfully. Often used with on, upon, or with. See Synonyms at persuade. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prevail" in a sentence
  • "I hope the country is finally turning a corner where common sense will once again prevail over the insanity of the last 30 years."
  • "Will Franklin prevail or will Belfort continue his winning streak?"
  • "Elena Kagan will likely be a satisfactory selection for the Supreme Court though what truly needs to happen for the National Interest to prevail is for Scalia AND Kennedy to retire within the next year or two."