What is prevail?

More definitions of "prevail":

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

Famous quotes containing the word prevail:

    If I cannot prevail upon heaven, I shall move hell.
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70–19 B.C.)

    ... it were impossible for a people to be more completely identified with their government than are the Americans. In considering it, they seem to feel, “It is ours, we have created it, and we support it; it exists for our protection and service; it lives as the breath of our mouths; and, while it answers the ends for which we decreed it, so long shall it stand, and nought shall prevail against it.”
    Frances Wright (1795–1852)

    Neither evil tongues,
    Rash judgements, nor the sneers of selfish men,
    Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
    The dreary intercourse of daily life,
    Shall e’er prevail against us.
    William Wordsworth (1770–1850)