verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to rule arbitrarily or despotically; tyrannize.
to tower; to tower over or above: The castle domineers the town.

1585–95; < Dutch domineren < French dominer < Latin dominārī, equivalent to domin(us) lord + -ārī infinitive suffix

dominant, dominate, domineer (see synonym study at dominant). Unabridged
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domineer (ˌdɒmɪˈnɪə)
vb (often foll by over)
to act with arrogance or tyranny; behave imperiously
[C16: from Dutch domineren, from French dominer to dominate]

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1580s, from Du. domineren "to rule," from M.Fr. dominer, from L. dominari "to rule, 'lord' it over" (see domination). Shakespeare's usage is not the earliest in English. Related: Domineering.
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