- to rule over; govern; control.
- to tower above; overlook; overshadow: A tall pine dominated the landscape.
- 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.
Origin of dominate
Related Wordsdisciplinarian, administrator, supervisor, executive, employer, director, chief, owner, chieftain, leader, superintendent, commander, manager, officer, tyrant, overseer, boss, foreperson, wheel, head
Examples from the Web for dominator
My creature, viz., a particular expression of will, would have become my dominator.Anarchism
Until he was beaten he was dominator, arbiter, and despot, if he chose to be.The Grizzly King
James Oliver Curwood
He was tender and he was happy, but he was, after all, the dominator.The Precipice
Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Had he not been the very monk he was, he would not have been the dominator of men and situations that he proved himself to be.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
Verse is no dominator over the poet, except inasmuch as the bond is reciprocal, and the poet dominates over the verse.English Critical Essays
- to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
- to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
- (tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)
Word Origin and History for dominator
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.