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dominate (v.)

1610s, "to rule over, control by mastery," a back-formation from domination or else from Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari "to rule, dominate, to govern," from dominus "lord, master," from domus "house" (from PIE root *dem- "house, household"). Meaning "have chief influence over or effect on" is by 1818. Intransitive sense of "predominate, prevail" is by 1816. Related: Dominated; dominating

updated on September 27, 2018

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Definitions of dominate from WordNet

dominate (v.)
be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance;
Synonyms: predominate / rule / reign / prevail
dominate (v.)
be in control;
Her husband completely dominates her
dominate (v.)
have dominance or the power to defeat over;
Synonyms: master
dominate (v.)
be greater in significance than;
Synonyms: overshadow / eclipse
dominate (v.)
look down on;
The villa dominates the town
Synonyms: command / overlook / overtop
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