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

To try to persuade, appeal to, or influence someone 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.
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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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English readers eager to follow the story of the separated lovers will have to prevail upon the translator to provide the next volume.
Such risks include without limitation the possibility that the plaintiff may prevail upon appeal or that future plaintiffs making similar or other claims will prevail in lawsuits against Southwall.
He urged the US to prevail upon Dhaka regime to honour the tripartite agreement between Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, for ending the cases related to the 1971 events and scrapping their sentence by the so called war crimes tribunal.
Efforts would also be made to prevail upon any leading Indian transporter to simultaneously commence a regular bus service on the same day, from Delhi to Kathmandu.
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.
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.
Diplomatic sources from Washington said: "Initially Washington was in touch with the UAE authorities to prevail upon Zardari as they enjoy close relations.
Fernandes, who had created a storm by calling China India's enemy number one while he served as a minister in the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, termed the incumbent UPA government as habitually weak and called upon the international community to prevail upon China to refrain from constantly using abusive words against the Dalai Lama.
I want to prevail upon you to take seriously our recommendations to comply with state law.
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.
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.
Humanists should prevail upon the Indian government that India should immediately stop the whole process of weaponization, not merely nuclear testing.
Mazenod was ordained the Bishop of Icosia, in partibus infidelium, in 1832, but it took five years for him to gain control of Marseilles and prevail upon Paris not to suppress his See.