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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.


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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