What does the word prevail mean?

    Part of speech: verb intransitive

  • To triumph; followed by over.

  • Part of speech: verb intransitive

  • To persuade; followed by on or upon.

  • Part of speech: verb intransitive

  • To spread widely.

Usage examples for prevail

  1. He makes to prevail those Ideals which she has given him with her embraces. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  2. No matter how sternly the old land- lords set their faces against the new order of things, the new order of things will prevail; for sooner or late old land- lords must die, and the heirs have not in them the spirit of the ancient tradition. – The Killer by Stewart Edward White
  3. Now it is to be seen why the likes of Firkked cannot prevail against you, or against the Company as long as you are the Company's upper sword- arm! – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr