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predominate

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adjective pre·dom·i·nate \-nət\

Definition of predominate

Examples of predominate in a Sentence

  1. the predominate color in the painting

  2. the predominate reason for the change

Origin and Etymology of predominate

alteration of predominant


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predominate

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verb pre·dom·i·nate \pri-ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of predominate

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hold advantage in numbers or quantity

  3. 2 :  to exert controlling power or influence :  prevail

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to exert control over :  dominate

predomination

play \-ˌdä-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

Examples of predominate in a Sentence

  1. Older people predominate in that neighborhood.

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predominant vs. predominate

Something predominant stands out above all the rest. The predominant theme in an essay is the one that predominates—the main idea that the writer wants to express. (Notice the difference between the adjective and the verb; be sure not to spell the adjective with an -ate ending.) The word is widely used in many fields. For example, the predominant language of Switzerland is German; the predominant cause of obesity in children is a bad diet; and your predominant reason for wanting a larger vocabulary may be to simply be a better-educated person—though the positive effects of a large vocabulary on one's romantic life are well known.

Origin and Etymology of predominate

Medieval Latin praedominatus, past participle of praedominari


PREDOMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

predominate

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Definition of predominate for English Language Learners

  • : to be more successful or powerful than other people or things

  • : to be greater in number or amount than other types of people or things


PREDOMINATE Defined for Kids

predominate

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verb pre·dom·i·nate \pri-ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of predominate for Students

predominated

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predominating

  1. :  to be greater than others in number, frequency, strength, influence, or authority In this forest, pine trees predominate.



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