prevail: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pri-vāl'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to be widespread or current; exist everywhere or generally: Silence prevailed along the funeral route.
  2. to appear or occur as the more important or frequent feature or element; predominate: Green tints prevail in the upholstery.
  3. to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usually fol. by over): They prevailed over their enemies in the battle.
  4. to succeed; become dominant; win out: to wish that the right side might prevail.
  5. to use persuasion or inducement successfully: He prevailed upon us to accompany him.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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