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 dominative (audio) \ adjective
dominator \ ˈdä-​mə-​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 Gulf-livery Porsche 917s would go on to dominate competition and be burned into the consciousness of a generation thanks to the car's appearance in Steve McQueen's 1971 racing film Le Mans, overshadowing the Gulf-Mirage. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "A Rare 1969 John Wyer Gulf-Mirage M2 Race Car Is up for Auction," 10 May 2019 These are paid games—different from the free-to-play titles that have long dominated the company’s... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple’s Arcade Is a Blast From the Past," 27 Mar. 2019 But if successful, the event could tell us a whole lot about the objects that dominate the far reaches of our cosmic neighborhood. Loren Grush, The Verge, "On New Year’s Day, a spacecraft will zoom by the most distant object humanity has ever visited," 27 Dec. 2018 The triple threat hit the red carpet for the A Star Is Born premiere looking unrecognizable in a bright blonde bob and blunt bangs, confirming that the lobs that dominated red carpets over the summer are about to get even shorter for fall. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Julianne Hough Got a Brand-New Bob Haircut With Bangs," 25 Sep. 2018 There is one drawing in which the bottom of the composition is visually anchored by two birds and one human being, and the top of the composition is dominated by a black cloud. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Connecting the dots in Goldberg's variations," 13 July 2018 How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy, notes that Bumble’s arrival comes two months after India’s own #MeToo movement began dominating the cultural conversation. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 With Wow and Norwegian dominating the market for thrifty travelers looking to hop across the Atlantic with only a backpack and a boarding pass, analysts declared sub-$200 transatlantic flights the new normal in the summer of 2017. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 The 2019 nominees for the coveted accolade include Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and Kenny Chesney, marking the second year in a row that men have dominated the group. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Sounds Off About the ‘Bro Trend’ That Led to Controversial ACM Nominations," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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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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