- 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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Examples from the Web for predominating
The potency is in the inferior blood, simply because it is the predominating one.Life: Its True Genesis
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The predominating colour may be mixed with the whiting, etc..Practical Taxidermy
His predominating passion in this relation is a love of hunting.The Land of Thor
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Such therefore is the predominating color of the solar atmosphere.Astronomy for Amateurs
Six thousand of this number are Europeans, the French predominating.Asiatic Breezes
- (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 predominating
1590s, from Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominare (see predominant). Related: Predominated; predominating; predominatingly.
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