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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dominator
Historical Examples
  • Until he was beaten he was dominator, arbiter, and despot, if he chose to be.

    The Grizzly King James Oliver Curwood
  • My creature, viz., a particular expression of will, would have become my dominator.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • He was tender and he was happy, but he was, after all, the dominator.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • Had he not been the very monk he was, he would not have been the dominator of men and situations that he proved himself to be.

  • Verse is no dominator over the poet, except inasmuch as the bond is reciprocal, and the poet dominates over the verse.

  • She, on the contrary, only found in Musset a child, and what she was seeking was a dominator.

British Dictionary definitions for dominator


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 dominator



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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