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 Softball is no longer a sport that pitchers dominate with regularity, and at least a dozen players in D-FW will enter the playoffs with 10 or more home runs. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Softball playoff preview: Players and teams to watch, plus a look at the Dallas area’s rising HR numbers," 27 Apr. 2021 There was a time when Trevor Cahill could dominate the Twins, could frustrate them with his soft-serve sinkers, could shut them down cold into the late innings and earn his team a lopsided victory. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Trevor Cahill guides Pittsburgh to 6-2 victory over Twins," 24 Apr. 2021 That’s because Pitts is the rare tight end who looks ready to step on an NFL field and dominate immediately. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Draft’s Most Interesting Player Is a Tight End," 23 Apr. 2021 Tesla is currently valued at $600 billion-plus (roughly four times VW) implying that investors expect the company will essentially dominate the EV market in the years to come. Trefis Team, Forbes, "How Will Tesla Stock Trend Post Q1 2021 Earnings?," 20 Apr. 2021 There's no sense of a single important character, and no feeling that one tone has to dominate. Darren Franich,, "The Game of Thrones series premiere took its time. The wannabes could learn something.," 17 Apr. 2021 The injury helps explain why Davis did not dominate as expected this past season. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Will Ohio State football’s Wyatt Davis, healthy after a season of secret pain, make an immediate NFL impact?," 15 Apr. 2021 During times when intrusive thoughts and uncomfortable, difficult emotions dominate Kang's mind, though, music does come into play. Devon Abelman, Allure, "For Kang Daniel, Happiness Is Just a Moon Away," 13 Apr. 2021 Joel Embiid, who didn't play in their Jan. 31 meeting in which the Sixers erased a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter behind Tobias Harris, didn't have to dominate. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Mistake-prone Pacers suffer demoralizing loss to Sixers to drop 3 games below .500," 1 Mar. 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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30 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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.


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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