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predominate

[pri-dom-uh-neyt] /prɪˈdɒm əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), predominated, predominating.
1.
to be the stronger or leading element or force.
2.
to have numerical superiority or advantage:
The radicals predominate in the new legislature.
3.
to surpass others in authority or influence; be preeminent:
He predominated in the political scene.
4.
to have or exert controlling power (often followed by over):
Good sense predominated over the impulse to fight.
5.
to appear more noticeable or imposing than something else:
Blues and greens predominated in the painting.
verb (used with object), predominated, predominating.
6.
to dominate or prevail over.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Medieval Latin praedominātus, past participle of praedominārī to predominate. See pre-, dominate
Related forms
predominately
[pri-dom-uh-nit-lee] /prɪˈdɒm ə nɪt li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
predominatingly, adverb
predomination, noun
predominator, noun
Can be confused
predominant, predominate.
Synonyms
4. overrule, dominate.
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British Dictionary definitions for predominator

predominate

/prɪˈdɒmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by over. to have power, influence, or control
2.
(intransitive) to prevail or preponderate
3.
(transitive) (rare) to dominate or have control over
adjective (prɪˈdɒmɪnɪt)
4.
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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