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 His cartel dominates much of Guadalajara and controls the outskirts of the state of Jalisco as well other states such as Colima and Michoacán. Beth Warren, courier-journal.com, "Who is El Mencho? He's the most powerful drug kingpin you've never heard of," 25 Nov. 2019 Amazon, which pioneered the commercial cloud-computing market business and dominates it with a 48 percent market share, according to market-research firm Gartner, had been seen as the most likely winner. BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon also repeated its suggestion that the award of the JEDI contract to Microsoft was improperly influenced by President Donald Trump.," 23 Nov. 2019 Amazon, which pioneered the commercial cloud-computing market business and dominates it with a 48 percent market share, according to market-research firm Gartner, had been seen as the most likely winner. Washington Post, "Amazon files protest of Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI award under seal," 23 Nov. 2019 In 1784, the Konbaung dynasty of the kingdom of Burma—a Buddhist realm dominated by the Bamar ethnic group, which today makes up 68 percent of Myanmar’s population—conquered Arakan. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 The Canadians dominated on-ball possession, and the Americans often struggled to pass efficiently in the midfield. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "USMNT victory over Canada offers competitive debut for Sergiño Dest," 19 Nov. 2019 Giant pendant lights from Thomas O’Brien dominate the space, creating almost an industrial vibe with the subway tile and black adjustable stools by CB2. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "This CB2 Exec's Home Is a Perfect Mix of High-Low (Naturally!)," 18 Nov. 2019 The calls were made at the tail end of a day dominated by impeachment hearings against Trump, and after days of efforts by some senior Pentagon officials to change his mind, according to three U.S. officials. Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump issues pardons in war-crimes cases, despite Pentagon opposition to the move," 15 Nov. 2019 But can the Nigerian-Brit Cynthia Erivo dominate in this Battle of the Brits? Danielle Young, Essence, "Watch Cynthia Erivo And Naomie Harris Have A Battle Of Black British Culture," 12 Nov. 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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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dominate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dominator. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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