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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Recent Examples on the Web

Everything run, dominated, and controlled by the left here and around the world is a lie. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 His arrest capped a week in which the bombs aimed at some of America’s biggest names — Obama, Clinton, De Niro — dominated the news and invited speculation about who might be responsible for them. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Bomb suspect: Ex-stripper with cash problems, Trump devotion," 27 Oct. 2018 And one color dominates the Irish country house: brown. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 That will be enough cars to dominate the Phoenix taxi market and expand into a number of other cities. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "GM’s self-driving deal with Honda is a wakeup call for Waymo," 4 Oct. 2018 For six seasons, iCarly dominated Nickelodeon and encouraged everyone to start their own web series. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Ultimate "iCarly" Trivia Quiz," 11 Sep. 2018 Mead dominated that year's general election and easily won re-election in 2014. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The GOP's Pollyanna problem," 20 Aug. 2018 This annual festival dominates downtown Eagle River and has a schedule filled to the brim with food, vendors and amusing events. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: a new brewery debut, Spectrum music festival and Bear Paw," 13 July 2018 Miguel Diaz was not exactly dominating Double-A hitters and had been raked pretty good by those in Triple-A this year. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Walks this way (like Myers); Diaz shows command," 9 July 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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The first known use of dominate was in 1611

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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 \
dominated; dominating

Kids Definition of dominate

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

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