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Wordnet 3.0


1. most frequent or common;
- Example: "prevailing winds"
[syn: prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prevail \Pre*vail"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Prevailed; p. pr. & vb. n. Prevailing.] [F. pr['e]valoir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See Valiant.] 1. To overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to gain the advantage; to have the upper hand, or the mastery; to succeed; -- sometimes with over or against. [1913 Webster] When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. --Ex. xvii. 11. [1913 Webster] So David prevailed over the Philistine. --1 Sam. xvii. 50. [1913 Webster] This kingdom could never prevail against the united power of England. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. To be in force; to have effect, power, or influence; to be predominant; to have currency or prevalence; to obtain; as, the practice prevails this day. [1913 Webster] This custom makes the short-sighted bigots, and the warier skeptics, as far as it prevails. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. To persuade or induce; -- with on, upon, or with; as, I prevailedon him to wait. [1913 Webster] He was prevailed with to restrain the Earl. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] Prevail upon some judicious friend to be your constant hearer, and allow him the utmost freedom. --Swift. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prevailing \Pre*vail"ing\, a. 1. Having superior force or influence; efficacious; persuasive. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Saints shall assist thee with prevailing prayers. --Rowe. [1913 Webster] 2. Predominant; prevalent; most general; as, the prevailing disease of a climate; a prevailing opinion. [1913 Webster] Syn: Syn. See Prevalent. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

prevailing adj 1: most frequent or common; "prevailing winds" [syn: prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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