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Syllabification: dom·i·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈdäməˌnāt

Definition of dominate in English:


[with object]
1Have a commanding influence on; exercise control over: the company dominates the market for operating system software
More example sentences
  • 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, command, be in command of, be in charge of, rule, govern, direct, have ascendancy over, have mastery over
informal head up, be in the driver's seat, be at the helm of, rule the roost (in), wear the pants (in), have someone in one's hip pocket
literary sway
predominate, prevail, reign, be prevalent, be paramount, be preeminent
informal kick butt
1.1Be the most important or conspicuous person or thing in: the race was dominated by the 1992 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.
1.2(Of something tall or high) have 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/over, loom over


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



Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
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.

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