Definition of dominate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒmɪneɪt/


[with object]
1Have power and influence over: the company dominates the market for operating system software
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  • A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions.
  • And humans do not attain lasting joy by power grabbing, dominating others, or heaping up public acclaim.
  • My preference is for a pluralistic world, not dominated by any single power.
control, influence, exercise control over, be in control of, command, be in command of, be in charge of, rule, govern, direct, be the boss of, preside over, have ascendancy over, have mastery over, master, have the upper hand over, subjugate, hegemonize;
domineer, tyrannize, oppress, bully, intimidate, have the whip hand over, push around/about, boss (about/around), ride roughshod over, trample on, have under one's thumb
informal head up, call the shots, call the tune, be in the driver's seat, be in the saddle, be at the helm, rule the roost, lay down the law, walk all over
British informal wear the trousers
North American informal have someone in one's hip pocket
literary sway
predominate, prevail, reign, be prevalent, be paramount, be pre-eminent, be most important, be influential, be significant, be of consequence, be of account, count, matter, signify, carry weight, bulk large
1.1Be the most important or conspicuous person or thing in: the race was dominated by the 1998 champion
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  • Two separate but important developments dominated newspaper headlines this week.
  • Today was for the student press, which is rather important in a town dominated by its university.
  • It translates not only to those short gains but, more notably, to his knack of dominating the most important games.
1.2Have a commanding position over; overlook: a picturesque city dominated by the cathedral tower
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  • Edinburgh Castle, the most famous castle in Scotland, overlooks the city and dominates its skyline.
  • Anybody who knows Auckland will know that the city skyline is dominated by the Sky Tower.
  • Designed by Brunelleschi and built without the use of scaffolding, the impressive dome atop the cathedral dominates the city's skyline.
overlook, command, tower above, tower over, stand over, project over, jut over, hang over, loom over, dwarf, overtop, overshadow, overhang;
bestride, span, straddle, extend across



Pronunciation: /ˈdɒmɪneɪtə/
Example sentences
  • But then, human determination, imagination and ingenuity, when put to the service of justice, have had an uncanny and unpredictable way of playing havoc with the plans of dominators.
  • It ought not be surprising at all, then, that whistleblowers get persecuted using all the insidious, ingenious, devious, and oppressive means dominators in our society can apply.
  • The two were well on their way to becoming dominators of the UK trance scene.


Early 17th century: from Latin dominat- 'ruled, governed', from the verb dominari, from dominus 'lord, master'.

  • dame from Middle English:

    In its earliest use dame meant ‘a female ruler’. It comes ultimately from Latin domina ‘mistress’, the root of which also gave us danger, dominate (early 17th century), dominion (Middle English), and dungeon. Dame was used as a form of address to a woman of rank from the Middle Ages, and in the 17th century became a legal title—it is now the title given to a woman with the rank of Knight Commander or holder of the Grand Cross in the Orders of Chivalry. Alongside this elevated use ran a more popular strand, where a dame was the mistress of a house or school, or any elderly or mature woman. This gave us the pantomime dame, the comic middle-aged character usually played by a man, who makes her first appearance in print in the early 20th century. Dame is used in the USA for any girl or woman—as Oscar Hammerstein II told us in his 1949 song from the musical South Pacific, ‘There is nothin' like a dame’. Dam (Late Middle English) in the sense ‘mother (of an animal)’ is also from dame (the sense ‘a barrier’ (Middle English) is Germanic). See also baby, damsel

Words that rhyme with dominate

abominate, nominate

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