- prevail on,
- prevailing westerlies,
- prevailing wind,
Origin of prevailing
verb (used without object)
Origin of prevail
Examples from the Web for prevailing
Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.
What sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries was his rare immunity from the influence of prevailing ideas.
The prevailing color is pink; the headgear: red bows and ears; the guests: super giddy.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014|Sarah Bay Williams|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Press releases show it briefly advocated against a prevailing wage for education projects in 2009 before falling off the radar.
The prevailing mood is highly pressured, nervous, and occasionally angry.
The country for five to ten miles to the east of our track appeared open and grassy, basalt being the prevailing rock.Journals of Australian Explorations|A C and F T Gregory
It was the prevailing belief during the middle ages, that the tree on which Judas hanged himself was an elder.The Vision and Creed of Piers Ploughman, Volume II of II|William Langland
Out of the prevailing silence he suddenly distinguished voices at hand, and the sound awoke him to partial interest.Beth Norvell|Randall Parrish
Some assert that it is only a leap, and this is the prevailing opinion.The Ocean Waifs|Mayne Reid
He is the ruling power of external religion, as the High Priestess is the prevailing genius of the esoteric, withdrawn power.The Illustrated Key to the Tarot|L. W. de Laurence
Word Origin for prevail
1590s, "vigorous;" 1680s, "widely accepted," present participle adjective from prevail (v.).
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.