- to rule over; govern; control.
- to tower above; overlook; overshadow: A tall pine dominated the landscape.
- to predominate, permeate, or characterize.
- Mathematics. (of a series, vector, etc.) to have terms or components greater in absolute value than the corresponding terms or components of a given series, vector, etc.
- Linguistics. (of a node in a tree diagram) to be connected with (a subordinate node) either directly by a single downward branch or indirectly by a sequence of downward branches.
- to rule; exercise control; predominate.
- to occupy a commanding or elevated position.
Origin of dominate
Examples from the Web for dominate
More recently, the rows of red and gray cement housing project blocks that sprouted up in the 1980s dominate the view.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 14, 2014
This makes him responsible for creation, so that he might dominate it in order to develop it until the end of time.Even the Pope Isn’t a Hard-Core Creationist
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 28, 2014
It's a wonderfully playful, zesty turn that sees the 30-year-old dominate every scene he's in.Oscar Season Kicks Off in Toronto: Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, and More Court Awards Glory
September 14, 2014
Republicans currently dominate the breakdown, with 27 GOP secretaries of state in the 47 states that have the position.The Democrats' Katherine Harris Strategy
September 6, 2014
Feminists are the new comic book geeks, and the women-led Ghostbusters remake will dominate the box office.'Ghostbusters' and the Slow Emancipation of Female-Driven Comedy
August 15, 2014
Foreigners, especially Greeks, begin to dominate the country.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
She wishes to be outwardly dominated by a man, but to dominate him by her heart.The Sexual Question
The boy had a real power to move, to dominate her, which he did not then suspect.A Spirit in Prison
She had a passion for racing, and at the Grand Prix seemed to dominate the crowd.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
I let my No-will, in this case, dominate my will, and that serves my purpose well.The Book of Khalid
- to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
- to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
- (tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)
Word Origin and History for dominate
1610s, from Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari "to rule, dominate, to govern," from dominus (see domain). Related: Dominated; dominating. Or perhaps a back-formation from domination.