dom·​i·​neer | \ ˌdä-mə-ˈnir How to pronounce domineer (audio) \
domineered; domineering; domineers

Definition of domineer

intransitive verb

: to exercise arbitrary or overbearing control

transitive verb

: to tyrannize over

Examples of domineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soyuncu was assertive and domineering, keeping Roberto Firmino quiet throughout the game - which is no small task., "Liverpool 2-1 Leicester: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reds Secure Hugely Dramatic Late Win," 5 Oct. 2019 Jac LeDoux has fun and finds some hidden depth in a curmudgeon-with-a-heart-of-gold role, while Jason Blackwater also shows some depth in the pain that dictates the unlikable actions of Shelby’s domineering husband. Matthew J. Palm,, "Mad Cow Theatre’s ‘Spitfire Grill’ sizzles with hope, charity and love | Review," 7 Dec. 2019 Designed by London firm Harrison Eidsgaard, it is stacked with six decks — one dedicated entirely to the owner — featuring a cheerful, relaxed interior by Italian designer Laura Sessa that belies its domineering presence. Kate Lardy,, "Superyacht with seaplane deck making world debut at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show," 15 Oct. 2019 We were concerned that Sharon was domineering, but Catherine professed to be happy. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Parents fret about daughter’s abusive relationship," 3 Oct. 2019 Disabling this decision-making is what domineering people do. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Her husband is her rock. Her parents are her hard place.," 12 Aug. 2019 Created by Jesse Armstrong, Succession centers on domineering patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), founder of the Waystar Royco media conglomerate, and his scheming children. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "An Inside Look at ‘Succession’s’ Corporate Melodrama With Adam McKay and Kieran Culkin," 8 Sep. 2019 Neither the protesters nor the Hong Kong government, which is largely controlled by a domineering Beijing, seem willing to cede any ground. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "China won’t turn Hong Kong’s protests into another Tiananmen Square. At least, not yet.," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s also his father, played as an abusive, domineering patriarch by Bruce Dern. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Eternal Return of the Kennedys," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of domineer

1591, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for domineer

Dutch domineren, from French dominer, from Latin dominari

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The first known use of domineer was in 1591

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29 Dec 2019

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“Domineer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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