prevail pre‧vail [prɪˈveɪl] verb [intransitive] formal
1. if someone or their arguments, views etc prevail, they finally win an argument after a long period of time:

• The company is hoping to prevail in a court challenge to the water board ruling.

prevail over

• Kimberly-Clark is asking for a ruling that its patent should prevail over the one issued to P&G.

2. if an attitude or belief prevails, it continues to exist in a particular situation:

• Pessimism and gloom have continued to prevail about Britain's economic expectations.

prevail in/​among

• Slow holiday trading prevailed in the Treasury market yesterday.

• the new spirit of caution that now prevails among Japan's car makers

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prevail UK US /prɪˈveɪl/ verb [I]
to get control or influence in a particular situation: prevail over sth »

They complained that corporate interests often prevailed over the needs of the individual.

FORMAL to win in an argument, court case, etc.: prevail in sth »

If they prevail in the court case, they could receive up to $10,000 each.

to be common among a group of people or in an area at a particular time: »

This attitude still prevails in parts of Europe.

prevail among sb »

Secrecy prevails among the banking lobbies.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • prevail — ► VERB 1) prove more powerful; be victorious. 2) (prevail on/upon) persuade to do something. 3) be widespread or current. DERIVATIVES prevailing adjective. ORIGIN Latin praevalere have greater power …   English terms dictionary

  • prevail on — index govern Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prevail on — prevail (up)on (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way: argue into, bring, bring around (or round), convince, get, induce, persuade, sell (on), talk into. See PERSUASION …   English dictionary for students

  • prevail — (v.) late 14c., from L. praevalere have greater power, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + valere have power, be strong (see VALIANT (Cf. valiant)). Related: Prevailed; prevailing …   Etymology dictionary

  • prevail\ on — • prevail (up)on v To bring to an act or belief; cause a change in; persuade. He prevailed upon the musician to entertain instead of the absent speaker. He prevailed upon me to believe in his innocence …   Словарь американских идиом

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