- to be the stronger or leading element or force.
- to have numerical superiority or advantage: The radicals predominate in the new legislature.
- to surpass others in authority or influence; be preeminent: He predominated in the political scene.
- to have or exert controlling power (often followed by over): Good sense predominated over the impulse to fight.
- to appear more noticeable or imposing than something else: Blues and greens predominated in the painting.
- to dominate or prevail over.
Origin of predominate
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Examples from the Web for predominately
America remains, and likely will remain, a predominately suburban nation for decades to come.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
In some predominately ISIS-controlled provinces, there were attempts to block internet access entirely.Iraq’s Internet Blockade Doesn’t Touch ISIS Sites
June 20, 2014
They are ‘stylish,’ at least in a way that allows them to be taken seriously in a predominately male-dominated career.Anne Hidalgo, Paris’s First Female Mayor, Isn’t a Fashionista…and That’s Quite All Right
April 17, 2014
The killings of some 7,000 Sunni Syrians in March of 2011 by predominately Alawite security forces forced Hamas to take a stand.Arab Spring Keeps Sending Hamas Packing
July 12, 2013
Many of the predominately young demonstrators, however, seemed to be there to protest—and also for the adrenaline.Turkish Protesters Are Entrenched as Protests Continue
June 6, 2013
The public's conception of medicine is predominately a passive one.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
Certain halls in the universities were predominately Puritan.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
On the whole the Fijians are predominately Melanesian but with numerous Polynesian affinities that vary with locality.
His body is fairly tall and well muscled, that is, predominately athletic in build.
The outer is predominately vesiculose, the inner more gelatinous.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
- (intr often foll by over) to have power, influence, or control
- (intr) to prevail or preponderate
- (tr) rare to dominate or have control over
- another word for predominant
Word Origin and History for predominately
1590s, from Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominare (see predominant). Related: Predominated; predominating; predominatingly.