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Meaning of “prevail” in the English Dictionary

"prevail" in British English

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prevailverb [I]

uk   us   /prɪˈveɪl/ formal
C2 to get ​control or ​influence: I am ​sure that ​commonsense will prevail in the end. And did ​reason prevail over (= ​become a more ​powerfulinfluence than)emotion? to be ​common among a ​group of ​people or ​area at a ​particulartime: This ​attitude still prevails among the ​middleclasses.

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(Definition of prevail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prevailverb [I]

 us   /prɪˈveɪl/
to ​exist and be ​accepted among a ​largenumber of ​people, or to get a ​position of ​control and ​influence: Let’s ​hope that ​commonsense prevails. In ​spite of ​injuries, ​ourteam prevailed and went on to ​win.
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"prevail" in Business English

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prevailverb [I]

uk   us   /prɪˈveɪl/
to get ​control or ​influence in a particular ​situation: prevail over sth They ​complained that ​corporateinterests often prevailed over the ​needs of the ​individual.
formal to ​win in an argument, ​courtcase, etc.: prevail in sth If they prevail in the ​courtcase, they could receive up to $10,000 each.
to be common among a ​group of ​people or in an ​area at a particular ​time: This ​attitude still prevails in ​parts of ​Europe.prevail among sb Secrecy prevails among the ​bankinglobbies.
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(Definition of prevail from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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