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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Recent Examples on the Web Though the festival varies by country, it is dominated by themes of reunion and hope. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why Lunar New Year prompts the world’s largest annual migration," 2 Jan. 2020 On Venus, for example, the huge levels of carbon dioxide and the presence of sulfur dioxide clouds indicate that the planet has an oxidizing environment and that its atmosphere is dominated by volcanic activity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The 2010s: Decade of the exoplanet," 31 Dec. 2019 Natural disasters in 2019 were dominated by historic spring flooding that submerged large swaths of the nation, from Louisiana to North Dakota, and by a spate of 10 separate wildfires that broke out across California in October and November. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Fires and Flood Cap Off a Decade of U.S. Disasters," 30 Dec. 2019 Interestingly, the affordable category dominated supply in both cities, contributing 64% to overall launches in NCR and 40% in MMR. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, "In the Delhi versus Mumbai real estate debate, there’s no easy answer," 19 Dec. 2019 These custom concoctions will dominate the new year—and your personal routine. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Etsy’s 2020 Trend Predictions Are Mindful, Bold, and Covered in Color," 11 Dec. 2019 Kent dominated the county’s passing game for a second straight season this fall with 142 completions for 2,330 yards and 23 touchdowns en route to being named the Times Football Player of the Year for a second year in a row. Megan Woodward,, "Football Player of the Year: Liberty’s Nate Kent used ‘competitiveness’ to help Lions find success," 7 Dec. 2019 This might seem impossible, except for the fact that Ethiopia is dominated by one party which controls the federal government and all state governments. Yonatan Fessha, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s Sidama people have voted for their own state, a turning point for an uncertain federalism," 4 Dec. 2019 Not least because every other area of popular culture is massively male dominated. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Want to Know What Consent Looks Like? Start Reading Romance Novels," 4 Dec. 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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The first known use of dominate was in 1611

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dominate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce dominate (audio)

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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