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prevail

pre·vail

prevail

 
 
pronunciation:
prih veIl
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: prevailed, prevailing, prevails
definition 1: to emerge as dominant (usu. fol. by over).
We prevailed over hardship.
synonyms:
overcome, predominate, triumph, withstand
similar words:
conquer, dominate, endure, excel, lead, persist, preponderate, reign, rule, succeed, win
definition 2: to successfully encourage (usu. fol. by on or upon).
Prevail on him to come, will you?
synonyms:
coax, exhort
similar words:
cajole, inspire, press, sway, sweet-talk, urge
definition 3: to exist widely or generally.
Silence prevailed in the city.
synonyms:
abound, obtain, rule
similar words:
abide, exist, last, occur, permeate, persist, predominate, reign, take
definition 4: to be currently in effect.
the laws that prevail today
synonyms:
abide, endure, exist, hold, obtain, stand
similar words:
abound, last, persist, predominate, reign, remain, rule