dominate

verb
dom·​i·​nate | \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce dominate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce dominative (audio) \ adjective
dominator \ -​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce dominator (audio) \ 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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The startups are flooding cities with cheap rides, dominating the market, and making their presence unstoppable. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Oakland official: “We want to get Americans out of their cars and solve racism”," 12 Dec. 2018 The family separations have become an embarrassment to the administration as stories of crying children separated from mothers and kept apart for weeks on end dominated the news in recent weeks. Astrid Galvan, BostonGlobe.com, "1-year-old immigrant goes to court to get reunited with family," 7 July 2018 Spain dominated possession in the opening exchanges and got their reward in the 12th minute. SI.com, "Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 Pens): Hosts Shock La Roja on Penalties After Dogged Defensive Display," 1 July 2018 The stacked heels are also a refreshing change from the sneaker craze that’s been dominating the men’s streetwear scene the past few years. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Men In Heels? I Put the Tricky Trend to the Test," 26 Feb. 2019 For decades, the LGBTQ community has been dominated in media, leadership, and visibility by white gay men who have not worked hard enough to fairly share power. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 Negative space makeup has been dominating red carpets over the past year, gracing the faces of stars like Emma Watson and Lily Collins. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore Negative Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 12 Nov. 2018 For as long as humans have pursued scientific knowledge, the field has been glaringly dominated by men. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 During Adam Driver's monologue: Even though Matt Damon's appearance on SNL has been dominating headlines about the premiere, the host was actually Adam Driver (of Girls and Star Wars fame). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "A Guide to All the Times Pete Davidson Mentioned Ariana Grande During the 'SNL' Premiere," 30 Sep. 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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More Definitions for dominate

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 How to pronounce dominate (audio) \
dominated; dominating

Kids Definition of dominate

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

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