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English definition of “prevail”

prevail

verb [I]     /prɪˈveɪl/ formal
C2 to get control or influence : I am sure that common sense will prevail in the end. And did reason prevail over (= become a more powerful influence than) emotion ?Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport to be common among a group of people or area at a particular time : This attitude still prevails among the middle classes .Habitual and customary
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