Definition of preponderate in English:

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preponderate

Pronunciation: /prēˈpänd(ə)ˌrāt/

verb

[no object]
Be greater in number, influence, or importance: the advantages preponderate over this apparent disadvantage
More example sentences
  • In 1845 a Russian investigator disguised as a Kazakh visited Tarbagatai in Xinjiang and confirmed that British goods preponderated there among imported manufactures.
  • In Tosches's swanky new Tribeca pad, wood preponderates, wood of differing darkness and grains.
  • In business, a single objective preponderates: making money.
Synonyms
be in the majority, predominate, be predominant;
be more/most important, prevail, dominate, reign

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense 'weigh more, have greater intellectual weight'): from Latin praeponderat- 'of greater weight', from the verb praeponderare, from prae 'before' + ponderare 'weigh, consider'.

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Syllabification: pre·pon·der·ate

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