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

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.

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

to dominate or prevail over.

Origin of predominate

1585–95; < Medieval Latin praedominātus, past participle of praedominārī to predominate. See pre-, dominate
Related formspre·dom·i·nate·ly [pri-dom-uh-nit-lee] /prɪˈdɒm ə nɪt li/, adverbpre·dom·i·nat·ing·ly, adverbpre·dom·i·na·tion, nounpre·dom·i·na·tor, noun
Can be confusedpredominant predominate

Synonyms for predominate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for predominating

Historical Examples of predominating

  • The potency is in the inferior blood, simply because it is the predominating one.

  • The predominating colour may be mixed with the whiting, etc..

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • His predominating passion in this relation is a love of hunting.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne

  • Such therefore is the predominating color of the solar atmosphere.

    Astronomy for Amateurs

    Camille Flammarion

  • Six thousand of this number are Europeans, the French predominating.

    Asiatic Breezes

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for predominating



(intr often foll by over) to have power, influence, or control
(intr) to prevail or preponderate
(tr) rare to dominate or have control over

adjective (prɪˈdɒmɪnɪt)

another word for predominant
Derived Formspredominately, adverbpredomination, nounpredominator, noun

Word Origin for predominate

C16: from Medieval Latin praedominārī, from Latin prae before + dominārī to bear rule, domineer
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Word Origin and History for predominating



1590s, from Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominare (see predominant). Related: Predominated; predominating; predominatingly.

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