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Definition 1: use persuasion successfully - [verb of communication]

Samples where prevail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He prevailed upon her to visit his parents

(prevail is a kind of ...) cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

"You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

Definition 2: prove superior - [verb of competition]

Samples where prevail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight

Synonyms for prevail in the sense of this definition

(prevail is a kind of ...) be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

"He won the Gold Medal in skating" "Our home team won" "Win the game"

Definition 3: continue to exist - [verb of stative]

Samples where prevail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These stories die hard
  • The legend of Elvis endures

Synonyms for prevail in the sense of this definition

(prevail is a kind of ...) exist over a prolonged period of time

"The bad weather continued for two more weeks"

(... is a kind of prevail ) transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another

(... is a kind of prevail ) have a long or continuing effect

"The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life"

(prevail has a similar meaning as ...) occur persistently

"Musical talent runs in the family"

Definition 4: be valid, applicable, or true - [verb of stative]

Samples where prevail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This theory still holds

Synonyms for prevail in the sense of this definition

(prevail is a kind of ...) have an existence, be extant

"Is there a God?"

Definition 5: be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance - [verb of stative]

Samples where prevail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Money reigns supreme here
  • Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood

Synonyms for prevail in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of prevail ) prevail over

"health considerations override financial concerns"

(... is a kind of prevail ) be central or dominant

"This scene overarches the entire first act"

(... is a kind of prevail ) weigh more heavily

"these considerations outweigh our wishes"

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