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prevail

Pronunciation: /prɪˈveɪl/

Translation of prevail in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (triumph) [justice/common sense] prevalecer*, imponerse*; [enemy] imponerse* to prevail over/against sb/sth prevalecer* sobre algn/algo
    Example sentences
    • Your nation endured the blitz to prevail over an implacable foe.
    • What is to be gained by letting egos prevail over common sense?
    • Rapoport presents this method as a means to help one to prevail over an opponent in an argument.
  • 2 (predominate) [sunshine/winds] predominar; [attitude/pessimism] preponderar, predominar, reinar; [situation] reinar, imperar
    Example sentences
    • But they warned that if no rain falls within the next two months, a crisis might prevail in the area.
    • The family home we stayed in was small, basic, clean and with a very friendly atmosphere prevailing.
    • Cuba will make every effort to preserve the atmosphere of détente and mutual respect that has prevailed in that area in the past few years.

Phrasal verbs

prevail on

prevail upon verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[formal] convencer* he was not to be prevailed upon no se dejó convencer I was able to prevail upon her to take some rest logré convencerla de que tenía que descansar

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