verb (used with object), dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing.

verb (used without object), dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing.

to rule; exercise control; predominate.
to occupy a commanding or elevated position.

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··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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dominate

Contemporary Examples of dominate

Historical Examples of dominate

  • 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



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

Word Origin for dominate

C17: from Latin dominārī to be lord over, from dominus lord
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Word Origin and History for dominate

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper