[ dom-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈdɒm əˌneɪt /

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 forms

Can be confused

dominant dominate domineer (see synonym study at dominant) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dominated


/ (ˈdɒmɪˌneɪt) /


to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
(tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)

Derived Forms

dominating, adjectivedominatingly, adverbdominative, adjectivedominator, noun

Word Origin for dominate

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