Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (v. i.) 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.
2. (v. i.) 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.
3. (v. i.) To persuade or induce; -- with on, upon, or with; as, I prevailed on him to wait.