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 He's been leading most polls in the next two states, Nevada and South Carolina, and is positioned to dominate many of the diverse states that go to the polls March 13 on Super Tuesday. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "For Pete Buttigieg's presidential hopes, Iowa takes on oversized importance," 2 Feb. 2020 Kenin’s championship comes at a time when no woman has been able to consistently dominate, leading to variety in the late rounds of Grand Slam tournaments. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Australian Open: Sofia Kenin Defeats Garbiñe Muguruza for Her First Major Title," 1 Feb. 2020 Loyal fans celebrating these two new boy bands have managed to dominate the Twitter list, with songs by the groups filling up the top 6 slots. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "SixTONES' 'Imitation Rain' Tops Japan Hot 100 as Streams for King Gnu Soar," 31 Jan. 2020 Each year flu vaccines are designed to target the four strains of influenza experts think are most likely to dominate. Popular Science, "You can get the flu twice in one year," 29 Jan. 2020 Between Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Avengers: Endgame’s record-setting $2.8 billion worldwide haul, superhero movies—and Marvel Cinematic Universe films in particular—continued to dominate the box office in 2019. Jennifer M. Wood, Wired, "20 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Stream Right Now," 28 Jan. 2020 The offense needs him to dominate the ball, as no other player has been able to consistently create shot opportunities. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "It seems impossible, but Zavier Simpson's Michigan basketball workload is only growing," 25 Jan. 2020 These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump tries out new climate line of attack," 21 Jan. 2020 Netflix Netflix is increasingly a story of two different companies: One whose growth has hit a wall in the United States amid more streaming competition, and another that continues to dominate the global market. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix has hit a wall in the US, but its global outlook is much rosier," 21 Jan. 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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7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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