An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to triumph)
a. prevalecer
Many people had written us off, but we prevailed and won the championship.Muchas personas nos habían descartado, pero prevalecimos y ganamos el campeonato.
The families of the victims may rest assured that justice will prevail.Las familias de las víctimas pueden tener la seguridad de que prevalecerá la justicia.
b. imponerse
The general told his troops that they would prevail against the enemy.El general le dijo a sus tropas que se impondrían sobre el enemigo.
2. (to convince; used with "upon" or "on")
a. convencer
Tom's boss finally prevailed upon him not to quit.El jefe de Tom por fin lo convenció de que no renunciara.
b. persuadir
We couldn't prevail on Lucy to enter the singing competition.No pudimos persuadir a Lucy a que entrara en la competencia de canto.
3. (to be prevalent)
a. predominar
In this area the notion that the policy should be determined by the state government still prevails.En esta área todavía predomina la noción de que las políticas deben ser decididas por el gobierno estatal.
b. imperar
The current situation that prevails can only lead to civil war.La situación que impera actualmente solo puede llevar a la guerra civil.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (be successful)
a. prevalecer
let us hope that justice prevailsesperemos que se imponga la justicia
2. (persuade)
to prevail upon somebody to do somethingconvencer a alguien para que haga algo
3. (predominate)
a. predominar
in the conditions now prevailingen las circunstancias actuales
prevail [prɪˈveɪl]
intransitive verb
1 (gain mastery) prevalecer
finally good sense prevailed por fin se impuso el buen sentido; eventually peace prevailed al final se restableció la paz; to prevail against or over one's enemies triunfar sobre los enemigos
2 (be current) [+views, opinions] predominar; (be in fashion) estar de moda; estar en boga
the conditions that now prevail las condiciones que ahora imperan
3 (persuade)
to prevail (up)on sb to do sth convencer a algn para que haga algo; he was eventually prevailed upon to do it por fin lograron convencerlo de que lo hiciera; she could not be prevailed upon fue imposible persuadirla; no se convenció
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