prevail (up)on (one) to (do something)

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prevail (up)on (one) to (do something)

To try to persuade, appeal to, or influence one to do something. We've prevailed upon members of congress to introduce legislation that will protect our citizens' jobs. I will prevail on him to speak at the assembly.
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prevail (up)on someone or something (to do something)

to appeal to someone or a group to do something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I will prevail upon her to attend the meeting. I prevailed on the committee to no avail.
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prevail on

Successfully persuade or influence, as in They prevailed on me to speak at their annual luncheon. This term uses prevail in the sense of "exert superior force." It replaced prevail with in the mid-1600s.
See also: on, prevail

prevail on

or prevail upon
v.
To successfully persuade or induce someone to do something: We prevailed on the committee to stop the developers from building a shopping mall. Lobbyists prevailed upon the president to veto the legislation.
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If elected officials--state and federal--fail to take action to correct this alarming situation, we must prevail upon them until they do.
I've made progress with owner Jane Lane in simply being allowed to enter Call It A Day, and I hope I can then prevail upon her to let him run.
And all these orders upwards gaze with awe, As downwards each prevail upon the rest, Whence all are drawn to God and to Him draw.
English readers eager to follow the story of the separated lovers will have to prevail upon the translator to provide the next volume.
The aggrieved youth have, therefore, appealed to the Asantehene to prevail upon the Ejisumanhene, Nana Afranie Okesse IV, and the overlord of the area and the kingmakers of Abenase to ensure the determination of the dispute for the early installation of a legitimate chief for the area.
ISLAMABAD -- Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has appealed to the international community and the world human rights organizations to prevail upon India to stop its revengeful policy against the Kashmiri people.
He said the world body should take a notice of it and prevail upon India to stop banning the organizations.
'"This was as an inducement to prevail upon the Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko not to order the demolition of the Hotel on riparian land," EACC tweeted.
The growth of the book fair over the three decades is testimony to its guiding principles and purposes - to keep alive the culture of reading in people in the face of the tyranny of digital distractions; reiterate the value of positive humanism; uphold the right of science, philosophy, history and all other domains to prevail upon mankind for its benefit; and preserve the legacy of books.
"The misconduct alleged is that he misused his position and authority to manipulate and prevail upon others for his own sexual gratification."
BJD youth wing president Sanjay Dasburma, who led the protests on Thursday, demanded resignation of both Deo and Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers Srikant Jena, who also hails from Odisha, " In fact, state Congress president Jaydev Jena should prevail upon the Prime Minister to drop Deo from his Cabinet," Dasburma said.
Sources added that Odom constantly threatened to leave which forced the television personality to make several trips to prevail upon him to stay.
And if they can resolve in that way, then the matter will be submitted to the Government of India to prevail upon the ECI to look into the matter, the ruling legislator, who is willing not to be named, told here Sunday.
Pakistani officials said Pakistan wants Powell to prevail upon India not to make use of Pakistan's preoccupation with Afghanistan on the Kashmir front.
The court also found that issues of material fact existed as to whether the jail chaplain coerced the female inmate or used his position to prevail upon her to engage in repeated sexual acts, while simultaneously assured her that God would forgive her actions.