Definition of “prevail” - English Dictionary

“prevail” in British English

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prevailverb [ I ]

uk /prɪˈveɪl/ us /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?

to be common among a group of people or area at a particular time:

This attitude still prevails among the middle classes.

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  • A friendly atmosphere prevailed among members of the team.
  • Our only hope is that justice will prevail.
  • Eventually common sense prevailed and he decided it would be more sensible to be honest.
  • The Republicans are expected to prevail in next year's election.
  • The British team had finally prevailed over the Russians.

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

“prevail” in American English

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prevailverb [ I ]

us /prɪˈveɪl/

to exist and be accepted among a large number of people, or to get a position of control and influence:

Let’s hope that common sense prevails.
In spite of injuries, our team prevailed and went on to win.

(Definition of “prevail” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“prevail” in Business English

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prevailverb [ I ]

uk /prɪˈveɪl/ us

to get control or influence in a particular situation:

prevail over sth They complained that corporate interests often prevailed over the needs of the individual.

formal to win in an argument, court case, etc.:

prevail in sth If they prevail in the court case, 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 banking lobbies.

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(Definition of “prevail” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)