to predominate, permeate, or characterize.
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.
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.
to rule; exercise control; predominate.
to occupy a commanding or elevated position.
- 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
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How to use dominate in a sentence
While the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington have been dominating US headlines, Brazil has actually topped the charts for fire hot spots globally.What wildfires in Brazil, Siberia, and the US West have in common | Lili Pike | September 17, 2020 | Vox
Apple’s annual September event is usually dominated by the introduction of new iPhones.Two new Apple Watches announced at Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ event | Aaron Pressman | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Apple holds its annual September event this Tuesday, but it’s expected to be quite different from the usual iPhone-dominated unveilings that the company held in the past.
Intel’s era is over now, thanks to the dominating run of its crosstown rival, Nvidia.
That’s a lucrative market dominated by Intel, which has about 90% share.Nvidia is buying SoftBank’s Arm chip division in biggest semiconductor deal ever | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 14, 2020 | Fortune
We have reached a tipping point where mega donors completely dominate the landscape.
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family | Helen Thompson | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
More recently, the rows of red and gray cement housing project blocks that sprouted up in the 1980s dominate the view.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This makes him responsible for creation, so that he might dominate it in order to develop it until the end of time.
Abdullah says al Nusra is made up 80 percent of Syrians; foreign fighters dominate ISIS.
General Rios had not sufficient troops to dominate several islands covering such a large area.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
We must place him in a way to dominate everything else—a pedestal, or better still, a throne—no, no; he mustnt be sitting.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
Then, unconsciously, he was infected by another tendency; a new thought was destined to dominate his brain.Etidorhpa or the End of Earth. | John Uri Lloyd
Do not allow your personal color-sympathies to dominate your work.Color Value | C. R. Clifford
Health interests are fused with social and economic development, but should undoubtedly dominate rather than be dominated by them.
British Dictionary definitions for dominate
to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
(tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)
- dominating, adjective
- dominatingly, adverb
- dominative, adjective
- dominator, noun
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