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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prevail \Pre*vail"\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Prevailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prevailing}.] [F. pr['e]valoir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See {Valiant}.]

1. To overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to gain the advantage; to have the upper hand, or the mastery; to succeed; -- sometimes with over or against.

When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. --Ex. xvii. 11.

So David prevailed over the Philistine. --1 Sam. xvii. 50.

This kingdom could never prevail against the united power of England. --Swift.

2. To be in force; to have effect, power, or influence; to be predominant; to have currency or prevalence; to obtain; as, the practice prevails this day.

This custom makes the short-sighted bigots, and the warier skeptics, as far as it prevails. --Locke.

3. To persuade or induce; -- with on, upon, or with; as, I prevailedon him to wait.

He was prevailed with to restrain the Earl. --Clarendon.

Prevail upon some judicious friend to be your constant hearer, and allow him the utmost freedom. --Swift.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

prevail

verb

1: be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood" [syn: {predominate}, {dominate}, {rule}, {reign}, {prevail}]

2: be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds" [syn: {prevail}, {hold}, {obtain}]

3: continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures" [syn: {prevail}, {persist}, {die hard}, {run}, {endure}]

4: prove superior; "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight" [syn: {prevail}, {triumph}]

5: use persuasion successfully; "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"


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