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PREVAIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prevail mean? 

PREVAIL (verb)
  The verb PREVAIL has 5 senses:

1. be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
2. be valid, applicable, or true
3. continue to exist
4. prove superior
5. use persuasion successfully

  Familiarity information: PREVAIL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREVAIL (verb)


Sense 1prevail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

dominate; predominate; prevail; reign; rule

Context examples:

Money reigns supreme here / Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prevail"):

override (prevail over)

redound (be excessive in quantity)

overarch (be central or dominant)

outbalance; outweigh; overbalance; preponderate (weigh more heavily)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2prevail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be valid, applicable, or true

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

prevail; obtain; hold

Context example:

This theory still holds

Hypernyms (to "prevail" is one way to...):

be; exist (have an existence, be extant)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3prevail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continue to exist

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

persist; die hard; prevail; endure; run

Context examples:

These stories die hard / The legend of Elvis endures

Hypernyms (to "prevail" is one way to...):

continue (exist over a prolonged period of time)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prevail"):

carry over (transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another)

reverberate (have a long or continuing effect)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4prevail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prove superior

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

triumph; prevail

Context example:

The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight

Hypernyms (to "prevail" is one way to...):

win (be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5prevail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use persuasion successfully

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

He prevailed upon her to visit his parents

Hypernyms (to "prevail" is one way to...):

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

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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