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English verb: prevail

1. prevail (stative) be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance


SamplesMoney reigns supreme here.
Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood.


Synonymsdominate, predominate, reign, rule


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Narrower (hyponym)outbalance, outweigh, overarch, overbalance, override, preponderate

2. prevail (stative) be valid, applicable, or true


SamplesThis theory still holds.


Synonymshold, obtain


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be, exist

3. prevail (stative) continue to exist


SamplesThese stories die hard.
The legend of Elvis endures.


Synonymsdie hard, endure, persist, run


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)continue


Narrower (hyponym)carry over, reverberate


Verb grouprun

4. prevail (competition) prove superior


SamplesThe champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight.


Synonymstriumph


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)win

5. prevail (communication) use persuasion successfully


SamplesHe prevailed upon her to visit his parents.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)persuade









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