[ dom-uh-neyt ]
See synonyms for: dominatedominateddominatingdominator on

verb (used with object),dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing.
  1. to rule over; govern; control.

  2. to tower above; overlook; overshadow: A tall pine dominated the landscape.

  1. to predominate, permeate, or characterize.

  2. 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.

  3. 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),dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing.
  1. to rule; exercise control; predominate.

  2. to occupy a commanding or elevated position.

Origin of dominate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin dominātus, past participle of dominārī “to master, control,” from domin(us) “lord, master” + -ārī, infinitive verb suffix

Other words from dominate

  • dom·i·nat·ing·ly, adverb
  • dom·i·na·tor, noun
  • non·dom·i·nat·ing, adjective
  • o·ver·dom·i·nate, verb (used with object), o·ver·dom·i·nat·ed, o·ver·dom·i·nat·ing.
  • re·dom·i·nate, verb, re·dom·i·nat·ed, re·dom·i·nat·ing.
  • un·dom·i·nat·ed, adjective
  • well-dom·i·nat·ed, adjective

Words that may be confused with dominate

Words Nearby dominate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dominate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dominate


/ (ˈdɒmɪˌneɪt) /

  1. to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)

  2. to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook

  1. (tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)

Origin of dominate

C17: from Latin dominārī to be lord over, from dominus lord

Derived forms of dominate

  • dominating, adjective
  • dominatingly, adverb
  • dominative, adjective
  • dominator, noun

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