predominate

adjective
pre·​dom·​i·​nate | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nət How to pronounce predominate (audio) \

Definition of predominate

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predominate

verb
pre·​dom·​i·​nate | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce predominate (audio) \
predominated; predominating; predominates

Definition of predominate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from predominate

Verb

predomination \ pri-​ˌdä-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce predominate (audio) \ noun

Predominant vs. Predominate

Adjective

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.

Examples of predominate in a Sentence

Adjective the predominate color in the painting the predominate reason for the change Verb Older people predominate in that neighborhood.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most cases – new and existing – are of B.1.1.7, a variant first seen in the United Kingdom that the CDC says could become America's predominate version in March. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2021 The predominate wind flow from the storm was east to west, creating damaging winds but not pushing the water up the Calcasieu River, Truchelut said. Ashley White, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2020 For now, however, gendered pronouns remain entrenched, and the predominate view appears to be that when pronouns are spelled out by all, everyone benefits. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, 24 June 2019 The predominate amount of attention this spring has been placed on the offense, perhaps for good reason: Frost’s résumé was built on this side of the ball, so expectations are high. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2018 Housing costs played a predominate role in the number of years $1 million can last. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, 5 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By the time an American whiskey hits its teens, three flavors usually predominate: vanilla, caramel, and oak. Tony Sachs, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Nowadays, Democrats have won the popular vote in seven of the past eight Presidential elections, and the Supreme Court, where Trump and Bush appointees predominate, is conservative-leaning. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 For those who have lost jobs, homes, or loved ones to the virus, or have been pressed into dangerous working conditions, fear and grief have been more likely to predominate. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 5 May 2021 Natural, neutrally toned materials predominate — there are bamboo mirrors and chairs, and pale wood tables and peg hooks. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Grasses predominate on the tundra, but scientists are increasingly finding that shrubs are muscling in on their turf. Matt Simon, Wired, 7 Apr. 2021 But the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords gerrymandered the country along sectarian lines, giving a degree of autonomy to the area where Orthodox Serbs predominate. Rick Steves, chicagotribune.com, 26 Feb. 2021 But in those suburban markets where traditional single-family homes predominate, there’s a sharp mismatch between what people want and what’s out there to buy. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Mar. 2021 In each state, skunk and bat rabies predominate, and in each state a total of six dogs tested positive for rabies from 2013 to 2018. Gustav Cappaert/undark, Popular Science, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of predominate

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for predominate

Adjective

alteration of predominant

Verb

Medieval Latin praedominatus, past participle of praedominari

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The first known use of predominate was in 1589

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“Predominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predominate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for predominate

predominate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of predominate

: 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

verb
pre·​dom·​i·​nate | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce predominate (audio) \
predominated; predominating

Kids Definition of predominate

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

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