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 \ -​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce dominative (audio) \ adjective
dominator \ -​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 competing visions of Brexit extolled by Mrs. May and Mr. Johnson, who has emerged as her chief antagonist in the Tories’ internal debate, are expected to dominate the Conservatives’ four-day annual conference that begins on Sunday. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Theresa May’s Former Top Diplomat Is Now Her Antagonist on Brexit," 28 Sep. 2018 Deeper pockets are also helping them to dominate CBD products—derived from cannabis but without a high—that are of interest to some of the world’s biggest consumer companies, including... Carol Ryan, WSJ, "U.S. Cannabis Law Is Helping Canada Make Hay," 27 Feb. 2019 For various reasons, investing continues to be dominated by men, and financial literacy tends to be lower among women, despite the fact that being a savvy investor is an important skill for anyone of any gender. Ellen Sheng, Marie Claire, "Women Need to Think About Investing Differently Than Men," 30 Jan. 2019 Some of our faves, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept their categories, and Sandra Oh continued to dominate the proceedings (and our hearts). Vogue, "These Are the Most-Viral Moments From the SAG Awards 2019," 28 Jan. 2019 And just like last year, SpaceX continues to dominate the aerospace industry in terms of launch frequency. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 Still, learning to balance her baby and her career hasn't stopped Cardi from continuing to dominate the music industry. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Cardi B Says She's 'Very Depressed' That She Can't Stop Losing Weight Since Giving Birth," 16 Nov. 2018 Thinking outside of the norm, as the Novogratz typically do, the couple opted for white as a way to be subtle while still stunning, and to not dominate the space. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "The Hidden Details In This Hotel Will Make You Never Want To Leave," 5 Nov. 2018 This is a more off-the-shelf approach to acquisition, one that leverages the creativity of the surging commercial launch industry to dominate space. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Actually Considering Rocket Launches to Move Cargo Around the Globe," 29 Oct. 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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dominate

verb

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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