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[dom-uh-neyt] /ˈdɒm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), dominated, dominating.
to rule over; govern; control.
to tower above; overlook; overshadow:
A tall pine dominated the landscape.
to predominate, permeate, or characterize.
Mathematics. (of a series, vector, etc.) to have terms or components greater in absolute value than the corresponding terms or components of a given series, vector, etc.
Linguistics. (of a node in a tree diagram) to be connected with (a subordinate node) either directly by a single downward branch or indirectly by a sequence of downward branches.
verb (used without object), dominated, dominating.
to rule; exercise control; predominate.
to occupy a commanding or elevated position.
Origin of dominate
1605-15; < Latin dominātus (past participle of dominārī to master, control), equivalent to domin- (stem of dominus) master + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
dominatingly, adverb
dominator, noun
nondominating, adjective
overdominate, verb (used with object), overdominated, overdominating.
redominate, verb, redominated, redominating.
undominated, adjective
well-dominated, adjective
Can be confused
dominant, dominate, domineer (see synonym study at dominant) Unabridged
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  • He thinks about these things till they dominate in his mind, and take in his brain the shape of physical creations.

    Greater Britain Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • The boy had a real power to move, to dominate her, which he did not then suspect.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Local and self-interest were now to dominate to a great extent Virginia's actions.

  • She had a passion for racing, and at the Grand Prix seemed to dominate the crowd.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • I demand races of orbic bards, he rhapsodizes, sweet democratic despots, to dominate and even destroy.

    Drum Taps Walt Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for dominate


to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
(transitive; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)
Derived Forms
dominating, adjective
dominatingly, adverb
dominative, adjective
dominator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dominārī to be lord over, from dominus lord
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dominate

1610s, from Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari "to rule, dominate, to govern," from dominus (see domain). Related: Dominated; dominating. Or perhaps a back-formation from domination.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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