- 1[intransitive] prevail (in/among something) to exist or be very common at a particular time or in a particular place We were horrified at the conditions prevailing in local prisons. Those beliefs still prevail among certain social groups.
- 2[intransitive] prevail (against/over something) (of ideas, opinions, etc.) to be accepted, especially after a struggle or an argument synonym triumph Justice will prevail over tyranny. Fortunately, common sense prevailed.
- 3[intransitive] prevail (against/over somebody) to defeat an opponent, especially after a long struggle Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin praevalere
BrE BrE//prɪˈveɪl//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈveɪl//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prevail
BrE BrE//prɪˈveɪl//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈveɪl//he / she / it prevails
BrE BrE//prɪˈveɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈveɪlz//past simple prevailed
BrE BrE//prɪˈveɪld//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈveɪld//past participle prevailed
BrE BrE//prɪˈveɪld//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈveɪld//-ing form prevailing
BrE BrE//prɪˈveɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈveɪlɪŋ//