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 Politics, agriculture, and water supply are expected to dominate the conversation, but Nunes, whose district is located in the valley, spoke briefly Tuesday about another pressing topic bound to come up. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Devin Nunes expects to discuss FISA court makeup with Trump," 19 Feb. 2020 The native of Denmark has a sturdy base and powerful arms and was able to consistently dominate opponents in the SEC. Jim Mcbride,, "Patriots’ offensive line likely to have a new look," 17 Feb. 2020 West Virginia can use its size to dominate the glass and Baylor out of the paint. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "West Virginia Mountaineers at Baylor Bears college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 15 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg storms to the center of the 2020 presidential fray Mike Bloomberg is starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than Trump. NBC News, "Coronavirus cases spike, Trump doesn't rule out Stone pardon and Snoop Dogg apologizes: The Morning Rundown," 13 Feb. 2020 Even at Tuesday’s hearing, Emmert tried to make the case that schools in big urban markets would start to dominate since athletes at those schools would potentially have more sponsorship and marketing opportunities. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Michigan State's Mel Tucker hire underscores type of competitive imbalance NCAA ignores," 12 Feb. 2020 The star of this particular show, the new Mustang Shelby GT500, is Ford's bid to dominate the class. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Camaro ZL1 1LE vs. Challenger Hellcat Redeye," 12 Feb. 2020 The Sherman Act, passed in 1890, forbids anti-competitive agreements as well as conduct that monopolizes or attempts to dominate a particular market. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation, "How the T-Mobile-Sprint merger will increase inequality," 11 Feb. 2020 On this year’s Giants, in a division about to be dominated by the Los Angeles Dodgers, that means a great deal. Bruce Jenkins,, "Why Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval will be invaluable to these Giants," 7 Feb. 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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 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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