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- (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.
- And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
- (intransitive) To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence.
- In his day and age, such practices prevailed all over Europe.
- (intransitive) To succeed in persuading or inducing.
- I prevailed on him to wait.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
- Jones began to be very importunate with the lady to unmask; and at length having prevailed, there appeared not Mrs Fitzpatrick, but the Lady Bellaston herself.
- (transitive, obsolete) To avail.
To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand
To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence
To succeed in persuading or inducing
- prevail in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- prevail in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.