prevail over
index beat (defeat), defeat, kill (defeat), operate, overcome (surmount), override, prejudice (influence), prescribe, surmount

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  • prevail over — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition: beat, best, conquer, defeat, master, overcome, rout, subdue, subjugate, surmount, triumph over, vanquish, worst. Informal: trim, whip. Slang: ace, lick. Idioms:… …   English dictionary for students

  • prevail — pre‧vail [prɪˈveɪl] verb [intransitive] formal 1. if someone or their arguments, views etc prevail, they finally win an argument after a long period of time: • The company is hoping to prevail in a court challenge to the water board ruling.… …   Financial and business terms

  • prevail — 01. Government forces have [prevailed] over the rebels, and the capital city remains secure. 02. Agassi has once again [prevailed] over his main rival at Wimbledon. 03. The boss personal interests should not be allowed to [prevail] over the… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • prevail — [[t]prɪve͟ɪl[/t]] prevails, prevailing, prevailed 1) VERB If a proposal, principle, or opinion prevails, it gains influence or is accepted, often after a struggle or argument. We hope that common sense would prevail... Rick still believes that… …   English dictionary

  • prevail — pre|vail [prıˈveıl] v [I not in progressive] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: praevalere, from valere to be strong ] 1.) if a belief, custom, situation etc prevails, it exists among a group of people at a certain time prevail in/among… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prevail */ — UK [prɪˈveɪl] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms prevail : present tense I/you/we/they prevail he/she/it prevails present participle prevailing past tense prevailed past participle prevailed formal 1) to exist at a particular time or in a… …   English dictionary

  • prevail — pre|vail [ prı veıl ] verb intransitive FORMAL * 1. ) to be the strongest influence or element in a situation: We hope that common sense will prevail and an agreement will soon be reached. In the end, the Chinese view prevailed. 2. ) to exist at… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prevail — pre•vail [[t]prɪˈveɪl[/t]] v. i. 1) to be widespread or current; exist generally 2) to appear or occur as the most important or frequent feature or element; predominate 3) to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usu. fol. by… …   From formal English to slang

  • prevail — pre·vail /pri vāl/ vi 1: to obtain substantially the relief or action sought in a lawsuit 2: to be frequent or predominant the prevail ing rate Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Prevail — Pre*vail , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prevailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prevailing}.] [F. pr[ e]valoir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See {Valiant}.] 1. To overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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