Prevail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |prɪˈveɪl|  American pronunciation of the word prevail
Brit.  |prɪˈveɪl|  British pronunciation of the word prevail


- be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance (syn: dominate, predominate, reign, rule)
- be valid, applicable, or true (syn: hold, obtain)
- continue to exist (syn: endure, persist, run)
- prove superior (syn: triumph)
The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight
- use persuasion successfully
He prevailed upon her to visit his parents

Extra examples

Mutual respect prevails among students and teachers here.

The house was built in the style that prevailed in the 1980s.

The law still prevails in some states.

I am sure that common sense will prevail in the end.

Greed prevailed over generosity.

This is a strange custom that still prevails.

I admired the creativity which prevailed among the young writers.

Justice will prevail.

He considered lying, but then common sense prevailed.

Your inner strength will enable you to prevail over life's obstacles.

Can all our efforts towards morality prevail over the forces of evil?

Can the government be prevailed upon to lower taxes?

The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight

He prevailed upon her to visit his parents

The time must come when the views of our committee will prevail.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: prevail
he/she/it: prevails
present participle: prevailing
past tense: prevailed
past participle: prevailed
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