dom·​i·​nate ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce dominate (audio)
dominated; dominating

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to have or exert mastery, control, or preeminence
his desire to dominate
a dominating factor in industrial growth
: to occupy a more elevated or superior position
dominative adjective
dominator noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dominate was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Dominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



dom·​i·​nate ˈdäm-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce dominate (audio)
dominated; dominating
: to have a commanding position or controlling power over
: to seem to command by rising high above
a volcano dominates the island
dominative adjective
dominator noun

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