Prevail

Definition of Prevail

Pre`vail´
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Prevailed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prevailing.]
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.

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