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[pri-dom-uh-neyt] /prɪˈdɒm əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), predominated, predominating.
to be the stronger or leading element or force.
to have numerical superiority or advantage:
The radicals predominate in the new legislature.
to surpass others in authority or influence; be preeminent:
He predominated in the political scene.
to have or exert controlling power (often followed by over):
Good sense predominated over the impulse to fight.
to appear more noticeable or imposing than something else:
Blues and greens predominated in the painting.
verb (used with object), predominated, predominating.
to dominate or prevail over.
Origin of predominate
1585-95; < Medieval Latin praedominātus, past participle of praedominārī to predominate. See pre-, dominate
Related forms
[pri-dom-uh-nit-lee] /prɪˈdɒm ə nɪt li/ (Show IPA),
predominatingly, adverb
predomination, noun
predominator, noun
Can be confused
predominant, predominate.
4. overrule, dominate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for predominate
  • If they dream of looking up at a building or climbing stairs, vertical eye movement is more likely to predominate.
  • Anywhere that beaches predominate is likely to be too hot.
  • Big companies predominate and smaller entrepreneurs with a solid plan can thrive.
  • It may be that the voice market will be stillborn, and more discreet data communications will predominate.
  • Folkloric evocations or historical narratives tend to predominate.
  • On heavier loads, the induction features predominate.
  • Where a steady flow of new shows was once the rule, revivals now predominate.
  • Two themes predominate: economic rationality and social injustice.
  • Unfortunately, those latter types of argument are what predominate in the climate skeptic world.
  • Thus, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will ultimately predominate.
British Dictionary definitions for predominate


(intransitive) often foll by over. to have power, influence, or control
(intransitive) to prevail or preponderate
(transitive) (rare) to dominate or have control over
adjective (prɪˈdɒmɪnɪt)
another word for predominant
Derived Forms
predominately, adverb
predomination, noun
predominator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin praedominārī, from Latin prae before + dominārī to bear rule, domineer
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Word Origin and History for predominate

1590s, from Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominare (see predominant). Related: Predominated; predominating; predominatingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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