prevail on/upon

prevail on/upon
PERSUADE, induce, talk someone into, coax, convince, make, get, press someone into, argue someone into, urge, pressure someone into, pressurize someone into, coerce; informal sweet-talk, soft-soap.

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prevail on/upon [phrasal verb]
prevail on/upon (someone) : to ask or persuade (someone) to do something

They prevailed on/upon me to play a few tunes on the piano.

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  • prevail on/upon — persuade to do something. → prevail …   English new terms dictionary

  • prevail — ► VERB 1) prove more powerful; be victorious. 2) (prevail on/upon) persuade to do something. 3) be widespread or current. DERIVATIVES prevailing adjective. ORIGIN Latin praevalere have greater power …   English terms dictionary

  • prevail — pre|vail [prıˈveıl] v [I not in progressive] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: praevalere, from valere to be strong ] 1.) if a belief, custom, situation etc prevails, it exists among a group of people at a certain time prevail in/among… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prevail upon — phrasal verb prevail on or prevail upon [transitive] Word forms prevail on : present tense I/you/we/they prevail on he/she/it prevails on present participle prevailing on past tense prevailed on past participle prevailed on formal prevail on/upon …   English dictionary

  • prevail on — phrasal verb prevail on or prevail upon [transitive] Word forms prevail on : present tense I/you/we/they prevail on he/she/it prevails on present participle prevailing on past tense prevailed on past participle prevailed on formal prevail on/upon …   English dictionary

  • prevail — v. 1) (D; intr.) to prevail against, over (to prevail against overwhelming odds) 2) (d; intr.) to prevail on, upon smb. to do smt. (they prevailed on me to buy a new television set) * * * [prɪ veɪl] upon smb. to do smt. (they prevailed on me to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • prevail — pre|vail [ prı veıl ] verb intransitive FORMAL * 1. ) to be the strongest influence or element in a situation: We hope that common sense will prevail and an agreement will soon be reached. In the end, the Chinese view prevailed. 2. ) to exist at… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prevail — verb (I) formal (not in progressive) 1 if a belief, custom etc prevails, it exists among a group of people (+ in/among etc): Belief in magic still prevails in some rural parts of the country. 2 if someone or their ideas prevail, they win an… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • prevail — verb 1》 prove more powerful or superior.     ↘be widespread or current. 2》 (prevail on/upon) persuade to do something. Derivatives prevailing adjective prevailingly adverb Origin ME: from L. praevalere, from prae before + valere have power …   English new terms dictionary

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