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preponderate

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

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Origin of preponderate

1615–25; <Latin praeponderātus, past participle of praeponderāre to outweigh. See pre-, ponder, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM preponderate

pre·pon·der·a·tion, nounun·pre·pon·der·at·ed, adjectiveun·pre·pon·der·at·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preponderate

preponderate
/ (prɪˈpɒndəˌreɪt) /

verb (intr)

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

Derived forms of preponderate

preponderately, adverbpreponderating, adjectivepreponderation, noun

Word Origin for preponderate

C17: from Late Latin praeponderāre to be of greater weight, from pondus weight
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