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  • Mr. Frank Churchill was one of the boasts of Highbury, and a lively curiosity to see him prevailed, though the compliment was so little returned that he had never been there in his life.
  • The like reserve prevailed on other topics.

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  • —We are in great hopes that Miss Woodhouse may be prevailed with to try it this evening.
  • Well, Mrs. Weston, you have prevailed, I hope, and these ladies will oblige us.
  • He argued like a young man very much bent on dancing; and Emma was rather surprized to see the constitution of the Weston prevail so decidedly against the habits of the Churchills.
  • You certainly will meet them if I can prevail; and I shall call on Miss Bates in my way home.
  • She resolved to prevail on her to spend a day at Hartfield.
  • Mrs. Perry was very anxious that he should have a carriage, and came to my mother in great spirits one morning because she thought she had prevailed.
  • He did not believe it to proceed from any thing that care and medicine might not remove, or at least that she might not have many years of existence before her; but he could not be prevailed on, by all his father’s doubts, to say that her complaints were merely imaginary, or that she was as strong as ever.
  • I dared not address her openly; my difficulties in the then state of Enscombe must be too well known to require definition; and I was fortunate enough to prevail, before we parted at Weymouth, and to induce the most upright female mind in the creation to stoop in charity to a secret engagement.

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  • "I have heard it asserted," said John Knightley, "that the same sort of handwriting often prevails in a family; and where the same master teaches, it is natural enough.

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as in: reason will prevail Define
prove superior or win
as in: she prevailed upon him Define
use persuasion -- especially successfully
as in: prevailing attitude Define
most common, powerful, or influential
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