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verb Pre*vail"
  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." [Clarendon.]" Prevail upon some judicious friend to be your constant hearer, and allow him the utmost freedom." [Swift.]

Etymology: F. prévaloir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See Valiant

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  1. Use persuasion successfully ("He prevailed upon her to visit his parents")
  2. Prove superior ("The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight")
  3. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
  4. Continue to exist
  5. Be valid, applicable, or true

From Middle English prevailen, from Old French prevaler, from Latin praevaleō (“be very able or more able, be superior, prevail”), from prae (“before”) + valeō (“be able or powerful”).

Notable Persons Named Prevail

Prevail is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Prevail was given the name Kiley Hendriks on November 4th, 1975 in Regina, Saskatchewan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Prevail

Prevail is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Prevail was given the name Kiley Hendriks on November 4th, 1975 in Regina, Saskatchewan.


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Fun Facts about the name Prevail

  • When was the first name Prevail first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Prevail is Monday, February 24th, 1930.
  • How unique is the name Prevail? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Prevail. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Prevail: Your name in reverse order is Liaverp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Irvepal. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Prevail born Apr 3, 1978

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Arctic approximately on 1650. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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