Definitions of prevail

  1. continue to exist; " These stories die hard"; " The legend of Elvis endures"
  2. prove superior; " The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To persuade or induce; -- with on, upon, or with; as, I prevailedon him to wait.
  6. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or action; a governing direction for a specific purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket.
  7. To overcome; gain the advantage; obtain influence or superiority; continue in force; as, the custom prevails widely; persuade: with on.
  8. Prevailing.
  9. To be very powerful: to have influence or effect: to overcome: to gain the advantage: to be in force: to succeed.
  10. To have influence; overcome; be in force; be general.
  11. To triumph; followed by over.
  12. To persuade; followed by on or upon.
  13. To spread widely.
  14. To overcome; to gain the advantage; to be in force; to extend over with effect; to operate with effect; to persuade; to succeed.
  15. To be in force; to overcome; to gain the victory or advantage; to have effect, power, or influence; to persuade or induce.

Usage examples for prevail

  1. And this practice is seen to prevail in the Priorista, with respect to many others, as is well known to all who have examined it, or who are acquainted with the custom of those times. – Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3) by S. Spooner
  2. Would that he had allowed his conscience to speak and his better self prevail! – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  3. She had grace, but suffered nature too frequently to prevail. – The Autobiography of Madame Guyon by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  4. The relations which here prevail are still relations of faith. – Selected Essays by Karl Marx
  5. We should then rightly expect most, if not all, babies to be " marked"- clearly a situation which does not prevail. – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
  6. " The most excellent relations appear to prevail between you," said he, looking from Rotherby to Green. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  7. When I came to speak of the journey- our journey- I knew I should prevail. – On the Church Steps by Sarah C. Hallowell
  8. Party and passion, doubtless, may prevail at times, and much temporary mischief be done. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  9. A belief began to prevail that the end of the world was at hand. – A Short History of France by Mary Platt Parmele
  10. But this proves neither that the love of gain must nor even that it does prevail. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  11. It may often be torn with bullets and stained with blood, but it will never be folded till the cause of Christ and freedom prevail. – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  12. Judges are apt to be influenced by the same motives that prevail with other men. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  13. I'll go up first, and try if I can prevail upon him not to go. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  14. He would be angry at first, perhaps fierce and passionate, but in the end she would prevail. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  15. And all these and the Truth must surely prevail. – A Maid of the Silver Sea by John Oxenham
  16. I could not prevail open the chief to trust himself below the upper deck; nor did he and his companions remain long on board. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  17. If his creed does not prevail, his lands will not help him. – England and the War by Walter Raleigh
  18. I say, let the truth prevail, though the heavens should fall. – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  19. Precisely this same state of affairs is found to prevail in the realm of mental vibrations and thought transmission. – Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers by Bhakta Vishita