- to be the stronger or leading element or force.
- to have numerical superiority or advantage: The radicals predominate in the new legislature.
- to surpass others in authority or influence; be preeminent: He predominated in the political scene.
- to have or exert controlling power (often followed by over): Good sense predominated over the impulse to fight.
- to appear more noticeable or imposing than something else: Blues and greens predominated in the painting.
- to dominate or prevail over.
Origin of predominate
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4. overrule, dominate.
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Examples from the Web for predominate
But this statement is incorrect; sometimes it is the men, but more often the women, who predominate.The Sexual Question
In what passages does her desire to taunt and ridicule Sir Peter predominate?The Ontario High School Reader
On this side of the cañon the bare rock did not predominate.
And for the young Mildmays it was more than natural that the sadness should predominate.Robin Redbreast
Mary Louisa Molesworth
Under these 72 circumstances, it was inevitable that the claims of the man should predominate.The Ordeal of Elizabeth
Elizabeth Von Arnim
- (intr often foll by over) to have power, influence, or control
- (intr) to prevail or preponderate
- (tr) rare to dominate or have control over
- another word for predominant
C16: from Medieval Latin praedominārī, from Latin prae before + dominārī to bear rule, domineer
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Word Origin and History for predominate
1590s, from Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominare (see predominant). Related: Predominated; predominating; predominatingly.
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