A Word A Day : Prevail
( Verb ) Prevail
Word of 19th July 2007: A Word A Day-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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