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From Middle English prevailen, from Old French prevaler, from Latin praevaleō ‎(be very able or more able, be superior, prevail), from prae ‎(before) + valeō ‎(be able or powerful).


  • IPA(key): /pɹɪˈveɪl/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪl
  • Hyphenation: pre‧vail


prevail ‎(third-person singular simple present prevails, present participle prevailing, simple past and past participle prevailed)

  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.

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