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prevail

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] prævalere.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to prevail

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to prevail (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) 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. (intransitive) To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence.
    In his day and age, such practices prevailed all over Europe.
  3. (intransitive) To succeed in persuading or inducing.
    I prevailed on him to wait.

Quotations

to be superior in strength

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References

  • "prevail" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

prevail” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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