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[pri-dom-uh-neyt] /prɪˈdɒm əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), predominated, predominating.
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.
verb (used with object), predominated, predominating.
to dominate or prevail over.
Origin of predominate
1585-95; < Medieval Latin praedominātus, past participle of praedominārī to predominate. See pre-, dominate
Related forms
[pri-dom-uh-nit-lee] /prɪˈdɒm ə nɪt li/ (Show IPA),
predominatingly, adverb
predomination, noun
predominator, noun
Can be confused
predominant, predominate.
4. overrule, dominate. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The potency is in the inferior blood, simply because it is the predominating one.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • The predominating colour may be mixed with the whiting, etc..

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  • His predominating passion in this relation is a love of hunting.

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  • Such therefore is the predominating color of the solar atmosphere.

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  • Six thousand of this number are Europeans, the French predominating.

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  • Will it be the "predominating part" exclusively, or the other parts with it?

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  • The "predominating principle" had appeared in Plato's Timaeus, p. 41.

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  • Confectionery in the predominating color and shape was also on the table.

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  • But in Japan it is not the display of power, or wealth, that is the predominating element.

    Nationalism Rabindranath Tagore
  • But then, she said to herself, that "one" must be tender to her, not rude and predominating in his manners.

British Dictionary definitions for predominating


(intransitive) often foll by over. to have power, influence, or control
(intransitive) to prevail or preponderate
(transitive) (rare) to dominate or have control over
adjective (prɪˈdɒmɪnɪt)
another word for predominant
Derived Forms
predominately, adverb
predomination, noun
predominator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin praedominārī, from Latin prae before + dominārī to bear rule, domineer
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Word Origin and History for predominating



1590s, from Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominare (see predominant). Related: Predominated; predominating; predominatingly.

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