dom·i·nate | \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \-ˌnā-tiv \ adjective
dominator \-ˌnā-tər \ 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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Hinsdale continued to dominate July 9 with a four-inning, 13-2 victory over Naperville Republic. Chuck Fieldman,, "Hinsdale 12-year-olds win Little League Baseball District championship, head to sectionals," 13 July 2018 And bigger euro-area banks would be better placed to take on Wall Street’s big five, which have come to dominate European investment-banking league tables. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 While a few thunderstorms cannot be ruled out this weekend into early next week, dry weather looks to dominate the majority of the time. Katie Camero And Travis Andersen,, "Moderate risks for rip currents off Mass. coast as Hurricane Chris travels northeast," 11 July 2018 And autonomous vehicles are a key part of its Made in China 2025 plan to dominate important new technologies. Jamie Condliffe, New York Times, "China Wants High-Tech Cars. German Automakers Are Eager to Help.," 11 July 2018 Military planners have viewed the need to dominate space where, for instance, satellites, vulnerable to attack, guide everything from small units on the ground to precision guided bombs to their targets. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Jim Mattis once wanted to rocket Marines into space, foreshadowing Trump's Space Force," 11 July 2018 With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump’s choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November’s midterm elections. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Serendipity could soon find him, if his handlers play their cards right, alongside his high school classmate back in those marbled halls — a Washington institution conservatives have long sought to dominate and shape in their own image. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "In Kavanaugh, Trump Found Another Judge Who Will Kiss the Ring," 10 July 2018 With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump nominates GOP favorite Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018

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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 \
dominated; dominating

Kids Definition of dominate

: to have a commanding position or controlling power over The mountain dominates the landscape.

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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