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predominate

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adjective pre·dom·i·nate \ -nət \
Updated on: 7 Sep 2017

Definition of predominate

Examples of predominate in a Sentence

  1. the predominate color in the painting

  2. the predominate reason for the change

predominant vs. predominate

Predominant and predominate are synonymous adjectives. Predominant is the older and much more common form. A number of handbooks and commentators hold predominate to be a mistake—a few insisting that the word is only a verb. But they are wrong. As an adjective predominate is somewhat more likely to turn up in technical writing than in general writing. The adverbs predominantly and predominately are a more even match in frequency than their base adjectives are, although predominantly is still significantly more common than predominately.

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

intransitive verb
1 :to hold advantage in numbers or quantity
2 :to exert controlling power or influence :prevail
transitive verb
: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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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; predominating
:to be greater than others in number, frequency, strength, influence, or authority
  • In this forest, pine trees predominate.


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