verb (used without object)
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Origin of prevail
historical usage of prevail
Nearly all of the Middle English spelling variants of Modern English prevail, e.g., prevailen, prevaile, provaile, have their -ai- spelling not from prévaloir, but from Middle English availen “to be of use or advantage” (Modern English avail ).
OTHER WORDS FROM prevailpre·vail·er, noun
Example sentences from the Web for prevail
That’s because prevailing winds work against the aircraft’s favor in that direction.The world’s longest commercial flights, by the numbers|Rob Verger|November 20, 2020|Popular Science
David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler prevail, the GOP will maintain control.Live updates: Georgia secretary of state issues correction, saying certification of its general election results is still under way|John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz, Michelle Lee|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The Cardinals got the ball back with an interception of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and prevailed, at last, on kicker Zane Gonzalez’s 48-yard field goal with only 15 seconds remaining in the 10-minute overtime.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West|Mark Maske|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
“We both expressed growing concern about the increased number of cases in the region and across the country and came to the conclusion that caution needed to prevail to protect our visitors and staff,” Feldman said.Smithsonian, National Gallery to close as coronavirus cases spike|Peggy McGlone, Sebastian Smee|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
If Republicans prevail, America will likely be stuck in gridlock.The cashless economy: How fintech is approaching the future of finance|McKenna Moore|November 19, 2020|Fortune
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|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott prevailed over former Gov. Charlie Crist in their high-profile battle.
But they also prevailed in places like Illinois and Maryland that were supposed to be safe for the Democrats.
Even if he prevailed in court, can a person really run for president of the United States while also seeking another office?
After a great deal of trouble and persuasion, I prevailed upon Mr. F. Crockford to undertake it, and we made out the bill of fare.Soyer's Culinary Campaign|Alexis Soyer
The next time we saw my uncle, the priest's reasonings had prevailed.Devereux, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But stubbornness on the one side, and faction on the other, prevailed.
When Pedro the Cruel had prevailed upon the prince to defend his cause, the princess bitterly bewailed her husband's decision. 'The Book-Hunter at Home|P. B. M. Allan
A disease of a somewhat similar, but severer type, has for many years prevailed in Ceylon.