[ pri-pon-duh-reyt ]
/ prɪˈpɒn dəˌreɪt /

verb (used without object), pre·pon·der·at·ed, pre·pon·der·at·ing.

to exceed something else in weight; be the heavier.
to incline downward or descend, as one scale or end of a balance, because of greater weight; be weighed down.
to be superior in power, force, influence, number, amount, etc.; predominate: Evidence for the accused preponderated at the trial.

Origin of preponderate

1615–25; < Latin praeponderātus, past participle of praeponderāre to outweigh. See pre-, ponder, -ate1
Related formspre·pon·der·a·tion, nounun·pre·pon·der·at·ed, adjectiveun·pre·pon·der·at·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (prɪˈpɒndəˌreɪt) /

verb (intr)

(often foll by over) to be more powerful, important, numerous, etc (than)
to be of greater weight than something else
Derived Formspreponderately, adverbpreponderating, adjectivepreponderation, noun

Word Origin for preponderate

C17: from Late Latin praeponderāre to be of greater weight, from pondus weight
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Word Origin and History for preponderate



1610s, "to weigh more than," from Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderare "outweigh, make heavier," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ponderare "to weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to exceed in force or power" is from 1799. Related: Preponderation.

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