intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praevalēre, from prae- pre- + valēre to be strong — more at wield Date: 15th century 1. to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority ; triumph 2. to be or become effective or effectual 3. to use persuasion successfully <
prevailed on him to sing
4. to be frequent ; predominate <
the west winds that prevail in the mountains
5. to be or continue in use or fashion ; persist <
a custom that still prevails

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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