A Word A Day : Prevail

Word of 19th July 2007: A Word A Day-Prevail


( Verb )

Prevail (pri VALE): to triumph, to overcome rivals, (with on, upon, or with) to persuade

• When justice prevails, it means that good defeats evil.

• The prosecutor prevailed in the murder trial. The defendant was found guilty.

• My mother prevailed on me to make my bed. She told me that she would belt me if I didn’t, so I did.

• The adjective prevailing means most frequent or predominant.

• The prevailing opinion on a topic is the one that most people hold.

• If the prevailing winds are out of the north, then the wind is out of the north most of the time.

• A prevailing theory is the one most widely held at the time. It is prevalent.

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