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adjective [only before noun] British English pronunciation: prevailing /prɪˈveɪlɪŋ/
  1. existing at a particular time or in a particular place

    The prevailing market conditions are not favourable to small investors.

    1. a.
      prevailing attitudes or types of behaviour are the ones that are most common or have most influence

      prevailing attitudes towards education

      the prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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