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1 be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood" [syn: predominate, dominate, rule, reign]
2 be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds" [syn: hold, obtain]
3 continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures" [syn: persist, die hard, run, endure]
4 prove superior; "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight" [syn: triumph]
5 use persuasion successfully; "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"

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From praevalere.



  1. To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand; to outnumber others.
    Red colour prevails in the Canadian flag.
  2. To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence.
    In his day and age, such practices prevailed all over Europe.
  3. To succeed in persuading or inducing.
    I prevailed on him to wait.


*, Exodus 17:11
  • And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

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To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand
To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence
To succeed in persuading or inducing
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Extensive Definition

Prevail is the forthcoming full-length studio album by Canadian death metal band Kataklysm, due for a May 23rd, 2008 release in Europe and a June 6th, 2008 release in North America. This will mark the band's ninth full-length studio album. A music video was filmed for the track "Taking The World By Storm".

Track listing

  1. "Prevail" – 3:54
  2. "Taking the World by Storm" – 3:59
  3. "The Chains of Power" – 3:19
  4. "As Death Lingers" – 3:30
  5. "Blood in Heaven" – 5:15
  6. "To the Throne of Sorrow" – 4:49
  7. "Breathe to Dominate" – 3:59
  8. "Tear Down the Kingdom" – 4:21
  9. "The Vultures Are Watching" – 5:57
  10. "The Last Effort (Renaissance II)" – 5:01

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