Definition of predominate in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈdɒmɪneɪt/


[no object]
1Be the strongest or main element; be greater in number or amount: small-scale producers predominate in the south
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  • Fortunately the autobiographical element doesn't predominate.
  • Ethnic Palauans predominate, inhabiting the main islands of the archipelago.
  • We expect that a couple of large brewery groups will predominate and strong local brands will develop into regional brands.
be in the majority, preponderate, be predominant, be greater/greatest in amount/number, be prevalent, prevail, dominate, reign, be the order of the day;
be most prominent, be most noticeable, stand out, stick out
1.1Have or exert control or power: private interest was not allowed to predominate over the public good
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  • They signified a new world order in which America's political and economic interests would predominate over those of the old imperial powers.
  • In practice, however, realist arguments for unilateralism predominate over internationalist, idealist ones.
  • Strategically, because the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower, China has been wary of American power predominating in the international system.
prevail, dominate, be dominant, hold sway, have/get the upper hand, carry most weight, be in control, rule;
override, overshadow, outweigh


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin predominat- 'predominated', from the verb predominari (see pre-, dominate).

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