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 \ ˈdä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce dominate (audio) \ adjective
dominator \ ˈdä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce dominate (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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Recent Examples on the Web Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union and the left-leaning Social Democratic Party dominate German politics, but the Green Party is gaining ground, and a far-right party jockeys for fourth place in the hierarchy. Aj Willingham, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 Not only do the Browns have the offensive line to dominate at the point of attack, creating open running lanes, but their receiving corps will exploit an untested secondary. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 Jaguars QB Jake Bentley to settle in and dominate at a lower level than his previous stops at South Carolina and Utah. Joseph Goodman |, al, 3 Sep. 2021 There was never much doubt that Newsom, a Democrat with a deep base of large and small donors, would dominate in fundraising against a host of GOP opponents. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 The Bruins burst out of the gate with a 24-point first quarter and would dominate the Rainbow Warriors on the ground, running for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 5.7 yards per carry. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2021 After watching her sister, Madi, dominate the turf at Century by helping the Knights win a pair of state crowns, the younger Hall couldn’t wait to follow in her sister’s footsteps. Eric Bem,, 13 July 2021 There is little doubt that the Vikings have the on-paper weapons to dominate at the skilled positions. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 27 June 2021 The burly Bears strongman set school records with a 350-pound clean-and-jerk lift and 750-pound total to dominate his weight class (238) at the Florida High School Athletic Association state tournament. Buddy Collings,, 3 June 2021

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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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The first known use of dominate was in 1611

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27 Oct 2021

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“Dominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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.


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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