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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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  gain 
  the  advantage;  to  have  the  upper  hand,  or  the  mastery;  to 
  succeed;  --  sometimes  with  over  or  against. 
  When  Moses  held  up  his  hand,  Israel  prevailed,  and 
  when  he  let  down  his  hand,  Amalek  prevailed.  --Ex. 
  xvii.  11. 
  So  David  prevailed  over  the  Philistine.  --1  Sam. 
  xvii.  50. 
  This  kingdom  could  never  prevail  against  the  united 
  power  of  England.  --Swift. 
  2.  To  be  in  force;  to  have  effect,  power,  or  influence;  to  be 
  predominant;  to  have  currency  or  prevalence;  to  obtain; 
  as  the  practice  prevails  this  day 
  This  custom  makes  the  short-sighted  bigots,  and  the 
  warier  skeptics,  as  far  as  it  prevails.  --Locke. 
  3.  To  persuade  or  induce;  --  with  on  upon  or  with  as  I 
  prevailedon  him  to  wait. 
  He  was  prevailed  with  to  restrain  the  Earl. 
  Prevail  upon  some  judicious  friend  to  be  your 
  constant  hearer,  and  allow  him  the  utmost  freedom. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Prevailing  \Pre*vail"ing\,  a. 
  1.  Having  superior  force  or  influence;  efficacious; 
  persuasive.  --Shak. 
  Saints  shall  assist  thee  with  prevailing  prayers. 
  2.  Predominant;  prevalent;  most  general;  as  the  prevailing 
  disease  of  a  climate;  a  prevailing  opinion. 
  Syn:  Syn.  See  {Prevalent}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  encountered  generally  especially  at  the  present  time;  "the 
  prevailing  opinion  was  that  a  trade  war  could  be 
  averted";  "the  most  prevalent  religion  in  our  area"; 
  "speculation  concerning  the  books  author  was  rife" 
  [syn:  {prevalent},  {rife}] 
  2:  most  frequent  or  common;  "prevailing  winds"  [syn:  {predominant}] 

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