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verb [intransitive] formal prevail pronunciation in British English /prɪˈveɪl/
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present tense
present participleprevailing
past tenseprevailed
past participleprevailed
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  1. 1
    to exist at a particular time or in a particular situation
    a report on the economic conditions prevailing in the country
    A friendly atmosphere prevailed among the crowds in the park.
  2. 2
    to be the strongest influence or element in a situation
    We hope that common sense will prevail and an agreement will soon be reached.
    In the end, the Chinese view prevailed.
  3. 3
    to defeat someone in a game, competition, argument etc
    The centre-left coalition is expected to prevail in next month’s election.
    prevail over: The Italian team eventually prevailed over Russia 45 – 43.

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