prevail over

[ pri-veyl ]SEE DEFINITION OF prevail over

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PREVAIL OVER

He should have thousands of enemies and prevail over them all.

Neither could prevail over the other, and yet neither was willing to yield.

Engage their faith; and for the first time they will prevail over their work.

Must the Public Good prevail over purity and our holiest affections?

The life of a man, and of a man like Julien, too, ought to prevail over every consideration.

I flatter myself her influence will prevail over these bad habits.

And surely they are well armed, and can prevail over demons.

In the long run, the Spanish system cannot prevail over the American.

But all her fighting was with reasons, and with reasons she could not prevail over the Deputy.

It is we ourselves who choose it voluntarily, and will it to prevail over us.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "be successful; be efficacious," from Old French prevaleir (Modern French prévaloir) and directly from Latin praevalere "be stronger, have greater power," from prae "before" (see pre-) + valere "have power, be strong" (see valiant). Spelling in English perhaps influenced by avail. Related: Prevailed; prevailing.

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