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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pre•vail•ing /prɪˈveɪlɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. [before a noun]
  1. most frequent or powerful:prevailing winds.
  2. generally current:the prevailing opinion.
See -val-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pre•vail•ing  (pri vāling),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. predominant:prevailing winds.
  2. generally current:the prevailing opinion.
  3. having superior power or influence.
  4. effectual.
pre•vailing•ly, adv. 
pre•vailing•ness, n. 
  • prevail + -ing2 1580–90
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged preponderant, preponderating, dominant;
      prevalent.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged common. See  current. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged effective.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rare.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
prevailing /prɪˈveɪlɪŋ/ adj
  1. generally accepted; widespread: the prevailing opinion
  2. most frequent or conspicuous; predominant: the prevailing wind is from the north

preˈvailingly adv
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pre•vail /prɪˈveɪl/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to be widespread or current;
    be found in many places:[not: be + ~-ing;  no object]The opinion that he is a loser still prevails.
  2. to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence: [no object]Greed has prevailed once again.[+ over]to prevail over one's enemies.
  3. to persuade successfully:[+ on/upon + object]Can you prevail on him to go?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pre•vail  (pri vāl),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to be widespread or current;
    exist everywhere or generally:Silence prevailed along the funeral route.
  2. to appear or occur as the more important or frequent feature or element;
    predominate:Green tints prevail in the upholstery.
  3. to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usually fol. by over):They prevailed over their enemies in the battle.
  4. to succeed;
    become dominant;
    win out:to wish that the right side might prevail.
  5. to use persuasion or inducement successfully:He prevailed upon us to accompany him.
pre•vailer, n. 
  • Latin praevalēre to be more able, equivalent. to prae- pre- + valēre to be strong; see prevalent
  • Middle English prevayllen to grow very strong 1350–1400
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged preponderate.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged overcome.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lose.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
prevail /prɪˈveɪl/ vb (intransitive)
  1. often followed by over or against: to prove superior; gain mastery: skill will prevail
  2. to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent
  3. to exist widely; be in force
  4. often followed by on or upon: to succeed in persuading or inducing
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin praevalēre to be superior in strength, from prae beyond + valēre to be strong

preˈvailer n
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