- to be widespread or current; exist everywhere or generally: Silence prevailed along the funeral route.
- to appear or occur as the more important or frequent feature or element; predominate: Green tints prevail in the upholstery.
- to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usually followed by over): They prevailed over their enemies in the battle.
- to succeed; become dominant; win out: to wish that the right side might prevail.
- to use persuasion or inducement successfully: He prevailed upon us to accompany him.
Origin of prevail
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Examples from the Web for prevailed
They prevailed last August, obtaining—follow me here—an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of those provisions.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
We were able, hopefully, to educate those policy makers… As of December of this year, cooler heads have prevailed.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson
December 2, 2014
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott prevailed over former Gov. Charlie Crist in their high-profile battle.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
But they also prevailed in places like Illinois and Maryland that were supposed to be safe for the Democrats.GOP Shocks Democrats in Governor Races
November 5, 2014
Even if he prevailed in court, can a person really run for president of the United States while also seeking another office?How the Constitution May Screw Rand Paul for 2016
July 18, 2014
Wise counsels, like those which gave us the Constitution, prevailed to uphold it.
And to the violence which prevailed was added the most unblushing bribery.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I did not intend to write; but your too-kind sister has prevailed upon me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
My humanity gave way for some time; but God was with me, and in the end I prevailed.Biography of a Slave
But in the end he prevailed on her to promise not to leave the city until she had seen him again.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- (often foll by over or against) to prove superior; gain masteryskill will prevail
- to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent
- to exist widely; be in force
- (often foll by on or upon) to succeed in persuading or inducing
Word Origin and History for prevailed
c.1400, "be successful; be efficacious," from Old French prevaleir (Modern French prévaloir) and directly from Latin praevalere "be stronger, have greater power," from prae "before" (see pre-) + valere "have power, be strong" (see valiant). Spelling in English perhaps influenced by avail. Related: Prevailed; prevailing.