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dominate

[dom-uh-neyt]
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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.
  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.
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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.
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Origin of dominate

1605–15; < Latin dominātus (past participle of dominārī to master, control), equivalent to domin- (stem of dominus) master + -ātus -ate1
Related formsdom·i·nat·ing·ly, adverbdom·i·na·tor, nounnon·dom·i·nat·ing, adjectiveo·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, adjectivewell-dom·i·nat·ed, adjective
Can be confuseddominant dominate domineer (see synonym study at dominant)
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Examples from the Web for dominate

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Historical Examples

  • 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 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

verb
  1. to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
  2. to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
  3. (tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)
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Derived Formsdominating, adjectivedominatingly, adverbdominative, adjectivedominator, noun

Word Origin

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

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