prevail

Prevail means to successfully persuade someone of something. If you were a Presidential advisor and you convinced him to make a National Day of Pet Appreciation, then you prevailed upon him to recognize pets.

Prevail can be used for different kinds of success. If you prevail upon someone, you have influence on them. If you prevail over someone, you win. Say you’re a big fan of a losing team. You might cheer, “Despite all odds, we will prevail!” To use prevail there has be some kind of contest. That could be internal, like when you’re on a diet and your desire to eat chocolate cake prevails over your discipline.

Definitions of prevail
1

v be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

Synonyms:
dominate, predominate, reign, rule
Types:
override
prevail over
overarch
be central or dominant
outbalance, outweigh, overbalance, preponderate
weigh more heavily

v prove superior

“The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight”
Synonyms:
triumph
Type of:
win
be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

v continue to exist

Synonyms:
die hard, endure, persist, run
run
occur persistently
Types:
carry over
transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another
reverberate
have a long or continuing effect
Type of:
continue
exist over a prolonged period of time

v use persuasion successfully

“He prevailed upon her to visit his parents”
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

v be valid, applicable, or true

Synonyms:
hold, obtain
Type of:
be, exist
have an existence, be extant

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