[ dom-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈdɒm əˌneɪt /
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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.



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Origin of dominate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin dominātus (past participle of dominārī “to master, control”), equivalent to domin- (stem of dominus ) “master” + -ātus suffix (see -ate1)
dominant, dominate , domineer
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British Dictionary definitions for dominate

/ (ˈdɒmɪˌneɪt) /


to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
(tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)
dominating, adjectivedominatingly, adverbdominative, adjectivedominator, noun
C17: from Latin dominārī to be lord over, from dominus lord
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