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prevail

[pri-veyl]
verb (used without object)
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 followed 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.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English prevayllen to grow very strong < Latin praevalēre to be more able, equivalent to prae- pre- + valēre to be strong; see prevalent

prevailer, noun


2. preponderate. 3. overcome.


3. lose.
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prevail (prɪˈveɪl)
 
vb (often foll by over or against) (often foll by on or upon)
1.  to prove superior; gain mastery: skill will prevail
2.  to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent
3.  to exist widely; be in force
4.  to succeed in persuading or inducing
 
[C14: from Latin praevalēre to be superior in strength, from prae beyond + valēre to be strong]
 
pre'vailer
 
n

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prevail
late 14c., from L. prævalere "have greater power," from præ "before" + valere "have power, be strong" (see valiant).
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