Definition of prevalent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprevələnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprevələnt//
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prevalent (among somebody) | prevalent (in somebody/something) (formal) that exists or is very common at a particular time or in a particular place synonym common, widespread a prevalent view These prejudices are particularly prevalent among people living in the North. The disease is even more prevalent in Latin America. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin praevalent- ‘having greater power’, from the verb praevalere ‘have greater power’, from prae ‘before’ + valere ‘have power’.Extra examples This attitude is prevalent among teenagers. Our diet contributes to the high levels of heart disease prevalent in this country. Temporary working is most prevalent among people in service occupations. The disease is more prevalent in younger women. Truancy is most prevalent near the end of compulsory schooling.
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