Prevail

Pre*vail"

(?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Prevailed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Prevailing.] [F. prvaloir, 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.
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When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Ex. xvii. 11.
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So David prevailed over the Philistine.
1 Sam. xvii. 50.
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This kingdom could never prevail against the united power of England.
Swift.
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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.
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This custom makes the short-sighted bigots, and the warier skeptics, as far as it prevails.
Locke.
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3. To persuade or induce; -- with on, upon, or with; as, I prevailedon him to wait.
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He was prevailed with to restrain the Earl.
Clarendon.
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Prevail upon some judicious friend to be your constant hearer, and allow him the utmost freedom.
Swift.
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