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 Hollyhock House is named for stylized motifs of the flower of the same name that dominate the concrete house’s exterior. Mary Forgione,, "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House becomes L.A.’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site," 7 July 2019 Morago's latest feature on the booming foodie scene in Katy explains how unique restaurants are popping up in Houston's outskirts, challenging the cookie-cutter fast food chains that previously dominated suburban dining. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Where to eat: Katy's blazing restaurant scene challenges cookie-cutter chains," 5 July 2019 All of June, Teen Vogue was at pride events across the country talking to young people about their experiences of the festivals and parades that now dominate so many event calenders. Teen Vogue, "Youth Pride Across the U.S.: Young People in 5 Cities Share What LGBTQ Pride Means to Them," 2 July 2019 This weekend, there will be two things that dominate the pop culture landscape: Spider-Man: Far From Home and Stranger Things. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp Has a Crush on Zendaya," 2 July 2019 Yet their extended exchanges on topics such as health care reform and immigration underscored that the party is far from agreed on the issues that will likely dominate next year’s contest with Trump. Liz Goodwin,, "Warren shows off policy chops but rivals decline to hit her on packed debate stage," 27 June 2019 As on Wednesday, Thursday’s debate highlighted the ideological tensions within the Democratic coalition, fissures that will dominate the nomination contest well into next year. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Billed as Biden-Sanders showdown, other candidates drive debate," 27 June 2019 Other than those skirmishes, Democrats waged a largely civil debate with few instances of the type of bitter confrontation that has dominated politics in the Trump era. Steve Peoples, Twin Cities, "Watch: Health care, immigration top issues at Democrats’ 1st debate," 27 June 2019 Tierney has been part of a Celtic side that have dominated Scottish football in recent years, winning the league for the last four seasons and two of the last three Scottish Cups and Scottish League Cups., "Kieran Tierney: Arsenal's Big-Money Contract Offer to Celtic Star Revealed," 25 June 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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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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