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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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Examples from the Web for predominating
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  • In forming an estimate of the woman we must never lose sight of this predominating feeling.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
  • The predominating colour may be mixed with the whiting, etc..

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • But then, she said to herself, that "one" must be tender to her, not rude and predominating in his manners.

  • The potency is in the inferior blood, simply because it is the predominating one.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Its predominating forms are drinking and gambling, neither of which is checked by the dormitory system.

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

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
  • How comes it about, I wonder, that a young lady so noted for predominating generosity, should not be uniformly generous?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Such therefore is the predominating color of the solar atmosphere.

    Astronomy for Amateurs Camille Flammarion
  • German femininity was assumed to be of a predominating excellence to match that of German masculinity.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • Six thousand of this number are Europeans, the French predominating.

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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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