verb dom·i·nate \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of dominate

dominated; dominating
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
4 a : 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
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


play \-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective


play \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of dominate in a Sentence

  1. One company has dominated the market for years.

  2. He dominated her life for many years.

  3. His work dominated the art scene last year.

  4. Our team dominated throughout the game.

  5. Our team dominated play throughout the game.

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Origin and Etymology of dominate

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

DOMINATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of dominate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb dom·i·nate \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt \

Definition of dominate for Students

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

Word Root of dominate

The Latin word dominus, meaning “master,” gives us the root domin. Words from the Latin dominus have something to do with being another's master. To dominate is to have power and control over as if being someone's master. A domain, or land under the control of a government, is a land with a particular master or ruler. Dominion is controlling power, similar to the power of a master over others.

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