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 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 The place was about as big as a college dorm room, and dominated by a bed with brown sheets and no pillowcases. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 25 May 2020 The $800 billion grocery industry — dominated by a handful of major players, including Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons — employs more than three million people in what are typically low-paying positions with little job security. Nicole Dungca, Washington Post, "On the front lines of the pandemic, grocery workers are in the dark about risks," 24 May 2020 For many in policymaking circles, the pandemic is a tabula rasa, a moment to rethink the status quo of transportation and development dominated by the car. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Lawmaker Wants Fast Trains to Rev Up the US Economy," 19 May 2020 Meanwhile, in the Southern California region dominated by Los Angeles and Santa... Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Coronavirus Hits Southern California Harder Than Northern Counties," 18 May 2020 The heartbeat of PartsSource is the command center dominated by a wall filled with multiple digital dashboards. cleveland, "Aurora’s PartsSource keeps critical hospital equipment running during coronavirus crisis," 18 May 2020 In a mediascape dominated by streaming, Comedy Central could become more of a feeder to the platforms. John Koblin, New York Times, "As Cable TV Fades, Fearing ‘the End of Comedy Central’," 17 May 2020 In a series dominated by both teams questioning the officiating, Jordan's locker room speech was to the point. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "How Pacers pushed Michael Jordan, Bulls to the brink in 1998: 'They saw the fear in Chicago's eyes.'," 15 May 2020 The new firm increases the representation of women in venture capital, an industry dominated by men who bankroll startups mostly led by men. Lizette Chapman, Bloomberg.com, "One of Uber’s Most Powerful Women Leaves to Start a VC Fund," 13 May 2020

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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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dominate. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for dominate

dominate

verb
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.

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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