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Adjective: prevailing  pri'vey-ling
  1. Most frequent or very common
    "prevailing winds";
    - prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife
Verb: prevail  pri'veyl
  1. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    "Hispanics prevail in this neighbourhood";
    - predominate, dominate, rule, reign
  2. Be valid, applicable, or true
    "This theory still prevails";
    - hold, obtain
  3. Continue to exist
    "These stories prevail";
    - persist, die hard, run, endure
  4. Prove superior
    "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight";
    - triumph
  5. Use persuasion successfully
    "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"

See also: frequent

Type of: be, continue, exist, persuade, win

Encyclopedia: Prevailing