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prevail
as in:  she prevailed upon him


The lobbyist prevailed upon the president to sign the legislation.
  use persuasion — especially successfully
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prevail prevailed prevails prevailing
Notes:
The expression "prevail upon your patience" or "prevail upon your kindness" means to appeal to the listeners patience or kindness as a method of persuasion.

Prevail has many reasonably common, but diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • The lobbyist prevailed upon the president to sign the legislation.
  • I can’t prevail upon your kindness any further.
  • May I prevail upon your patience as I describe one more complication.
  • She prevailed upon him to visit his parents.

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  • ...she had prevailed on her Father to undertake a Tour to Scotland and had persuaded Lady Dorothea to accompany them.
    Jane Austen  --  Love and Friendship
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Associated words [difficulty]:   prevail [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Religion - Christianity, Law
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