What is prevail?

  • (verb): Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance.
    Synonyms: predominate, dominate, rule, reign
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "prevail":

  • (verb): Prove superior.
    Synonyms: triumph
  • (verb): Be valid, applicable, or true.
    Synonyms: hold, obtain
  • (verb): Use persuasion successfully.
    Example: "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"

Famous quotes containing the word prevail:

    These are not the artificial forests of an English king,—a royal preserve merely. Here prevail no forest laws but those of nature. The aborigines have never been dispossessed, nor nature disforested.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods.
    Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)

    Never can the innate power of a work be hidden or locked away. A work of art can be forgotten by time; it can be forbidden and rejected but the elemental will always prevail over the ephemeral.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942)