dominate

verb
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As the prospect of President Joe Biden canceling student debt continues to dominate public discourse, new proposals are bringing into focus the administration's broader plans for overhauling a federal lending system that is widely considered broken. Arkansas Online, 1 Aug. 2022 As the prospect of President Joe Biden canceling student debt continues to dominate public discourse, new proposals are bringing into focus the administration’s broader plans for overhauling a federal lending system that is widely considered broken. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2022 Bitcoin is languishing below $20,000 as fear continues to dominate investor sentiment, squeezing those who made risky bets when prices were much higher. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 14 July 2022 But first: Donald Trump has been out of office for a year and half, yet today is another reminder of how his presence continues to dominate so much of Washington’s agenda and Republican politics. Mark Murray, NBC News, 28 June 2022 That's probably why pink hair continues to dominate our Instagram feeds. Elle Turner, Glamour, 19 June 2022 Notably, YouTube Shorts fared better among older demographics, whereas TikTok continues to dominate among the coveted younger crowd. Salvador Rodriguez, WSJ, 18 June 2022 The company essentially invented the modern internet-enabled dating landscape and, a decade after its launch, continues to dominate the market as the world’s No. 1 dating app. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 18 May 2022 Less than a year since the launch of NIL, its evolution and execution continues to dominate the conversation and consume the attention of coaches. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts, Orlando Sentinel, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Dominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dominate. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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dominate

verb
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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