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 \ ˈdä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce dominate (audio) \ adjective
dominator \ ˈdä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce dominate (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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Recent Examples on the Web But even with widespread consolidation, storm chasers still dominate a niche market that is considered too unpredictable for private equity, Springer said. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Small health plans with seemingly little leverage are sometimes out-negotiating the five insurers that dominate the U.S. market. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, James Harris and David Parnes have to break a few rules in their mission to dominate the Bel Air housing market and expand into Hancock Park. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 9 Aug. 2021 The president recently signed an executive order that took aim at industries in which certain companies dominate the market, including broadband providers. Author: Tony Romm, Cat Zakrzewski, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Aug. 2021 The president recently signed an executive order that took aim at industries in which certain companies dominate the market, including broadband providers. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 At the moment, people with hearing problems have to get a prescription for their hearing aids, which are made by a handful of specialist providers who dominate the market. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 12 July 2021 First released in 1985 on the then-standard 5 ¼ inch floppy disks, Windows enabled Microsoft to dominate the PC market for more than a decade, wielding so much power that the U.S. government charged the company with antitrust practices. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 24 June 2021 Tupper laments the blandly pleasing, impersonal products that dominate the market. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Sep 2021

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“Dominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dominate. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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 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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