dominate

verb
dom·​i·​nate | \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt \
dominated; dominating

Definition of dominate

transitive verb

1 : rule, control an empire that dominated the world
2 : to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on the ambition that has dominated his life
3 : to overlook from a superior elevation or command because of superior height or position a hill that dominates the town
4a : to be predominant in sugar maples dominate the forest
b : to have a commanding or preeminent place or position in name brands dominate the market

intransitive verb

1 : to have or exert mastery, control, or preeminence his desire to dominate a dominating factor in industrial growth
2 : to occupy a more elevated or superior position

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Other Words from dominate

dominative \ -​ˌnā-​tiv \ adjective
dominator \ -​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Examples of dominate in a Sentence

One company has dominated the market for years. He dominated her life for many years. His work dominated the art scene last year. Our team dominated throughout the game. Our team dominated play throughout the game.
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But Amazon dominated more than tech and retail in 2018. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Activated charcoal and golden milk lattes may have dominated Instagram feeds in 2018, but 2019 will see the rise of fads even more photogenic. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 But more recently, index funds and other passive investment vehicles have dominated flows. Akane Otani, WSJ, "The Market’s Latest Problem: Hesitation to Buy the Dip," 9 Dec. 2018 Not only does Google's Chrome dominate, but Chrome's engine, Blink, has a reach that extends even further. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 2018 The human figures start to appear on the cave walls around 13,600 years ago, at a time when the ice sheets still dominated the world’s northern latitudes but had begun to slowly recede. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 Superstars such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Ashley Graham, and Paloma Elsesser may dominate the headlines and rule social media, but their public personas are only one part of the story. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Models Kendall, Gigi, Ashley, and Paloma on Fashion, #MeToo, and Becoming a Brand," 11 Oct. 2018 Hammer has dominated the women’s middleweight division throughout this decade, but Shields has been impressive since turning pro. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Hammer vs Shields: Women’s blockbuster fight is on," 25 Sep. 2018 But Horstmann's heartbreak isn't totally dominating The Bachelorette conversation right now. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Bachelorette Fans Are Divided Over Garrett Yrigoyen's On-Air Apology," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dominate

1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dominate

Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari, from dominus master; akin to Latin domus house — more at dome

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dominate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dominate

: to have control of or power over (someone or something)

: to be the most important part of (something)

: to be much more powerful or successful than others in a game, competition, etc.

dominate

verb
dom·​i·​nate | \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt \
dominated; dominating

Kids Definition of dominate

: to have a commanding position or controlling power over The mountain dominates the landscape.

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