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dominate

[dom-uh-neyt] /ˈdɒm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), dominated, dominating.
1.
to rule over; govern; control.
2.
to tower above; overlook; overshadow:
A tall pine dominated the landscape.
3.
to predominate, permeate, or characterize.
4.
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.
5.
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.
verb (used without object), dominated, dominating.
6.
to rule; exercise control; predominate.
7.
to occupy a commanding or elevated position.
Origin of dominate
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin dominātus (past participle of dominārī to master, control), equivalent to domin- (stem of dominus) master + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
dominatingly, adverb
dominator, noun
nondominating, adjective
overdominate, verb (used with object), overdominated, overdominating.
redominate, verb, redominated, redominating.
undominated, adjective
well-dominated, adjective
Can be confused
dominant, dominate, domineer (see synonym study at dominant)
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Examples from the Web for dominate
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  • 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 August Forel
  • The boy had a real power to move, to dominate her, which he did not then suspect.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • 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 Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for dominate

dominate

/ˈdɒmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
2.
to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)
Derived Forms
dominating, adjective
dominatingly, adverb
dominative, adjective
dominator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dominārī to be lord over, from dominus lord
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dominate
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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