Definition of dominate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Have power and influence over.

    ‘the company dominates the market for operating system software’
    • ‘First, it is a defined geographic market dominated by a handful of big players with plenty of reach.’
    • ‘In a sport utterly dominated by a handful of nations, it's pretty much a closed shop.’
    • ‘They dominated territorially for long periods yet were left frustrated by their inability to break down a solid defence.’
    • ‘The opposition had no chance to speak to the public via the state-controlled media, which totally dominates the market.’
    • ‘In our electronic culture the image dominates to an extent that can almost reduce the words to extras.’
    • ‘The world's money is now dominated by giant financial corporations.’
    • ‘The French have dominated decision-making about agricultural standards.’
    • ‘However, the government was increasingly dominated by the Conservatives.’
    • ‘A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions.’
    • ‘After all, the choice of candidates is still dominated by fixers and power players.’
    • ‘Thus, markets were increasingly dominated by a small number of large vertically integrated enterprises.’
    • ‘Frustrated by a lack of progress in an industry still dominated by men, women are fighting on several fronts.’
    • ‘However, we know that if government continues to dominate the market the private sector will never develop.’
    • ‘The first was a growing misapprehension regarding the possible effects of a world dominated by a single superpower.’
    • ‘What he pointed to, is that apparently weak forces actually can dominate what seem to be strong forces.’
    • ‘Neither side dominated territorially for the remainder of the match.’
    • ‘My preference is for a pluralistic world, not dominated by any single power.’
    • ‘The right wing can only dominate to the extent that the vacuum opened up on the left remains unfilled.’
    • ‘And humans do not attain lasting joy by power grabbing, dominating others, or heaping up public acclaim.’
    • ‘The home side dominated proceedings and took the lead midway through the first half.’
    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
    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
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    1. 1.1 Be the most important or conspicuous person or thing in.
      ‘the race was dominated by the 1998 champion’
      • ‘He remains on course for the victory he needs to keep this year's title race alive after dominating the Rally of Italy yesterday.’
      • ‘In the race, he put his head down and took the quick car to the front and pretty much dominated the race.’
      • ‘Despite starting from the back of the grid, they dominated every race and broke the lap record.’
      • ‘He also does not consistently dominate at that level like a future NFL player should.’
      • ‘When you are used to dominating a race, controlling the pace, increasing and decreasing the tempo when you like, just to sit and wait can be almost painful.’
      • ‘After a week dominated by railway matters, it seems worth reminding ourselves just how fragmented the system is.’
      • ‘In Victoria last week one topic completely dominated the headlines: police corruption.’
      • ‘Michael Jordan made a less than triumphant return to the city where he dominated for a decade.’
      • ‘He had dominated racing this year with six victories in seven starts.’
      • ‘He would never sit back and relax because he could always go faster, win more races and dominate a little more.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For some reason, my mindset was to go out there and try to run away from the beginning and to dominate the race.’
      • ‘Thoughts of my dominating this race quickly turned to thoughts of my finishing this race.’
      • ‘The first three dominated their respective races and were clear winners.’
      • ‘From dominating the race before and after the Second World War, French riders have gradually lost their grip over the race.’
      • ‘For as long as I can remember there has always been one team that dominates the year's racing.’
      • ‘It looked like I was dominating the race, but I wasn't really.’
      • ‘Many have returned to their native land having failed to dominate racing.’
    2. 1.2 Have a commanding position over; overlook.
      ‘a picturesque city dominated by the cathedral tower’
      • ‘It dominates the city - being embedded in rock that was displaced in the Ice Age.’
      • ‘If they pull that off, they will command world football like the Eiffel Tower dominates their capital.’
      • ‘Some featured the new Auckland landmark - the Sky Tower, which certainly now dominates the city skyline.’
      • ‘This would dramatically alter the landscape where the medieval cathedral still dominates its surroundings.’
      • ‘No stretch of road defines and dominates a city the way the Strip does Las Vegas.’
      • ‘With its turrets and stained glass windows, it dominates the city skyline.’
      • ‘A few buildings dominating the present city space and the memorial of the Hungarian Millennium can also be seen on the stamp pictures.’
      • ‘In the case of RAF Waddington, this was the City of Lincoln, a historic city with a magnificent cathedral dominating the scenery for miles around.’
      • ‘Designed by Brunelleschi and built without the use of scaffolding, the impressive dome atop the cathedral dominates the city's skyline.’
      • ‘For those not of a vertiginous disposition, it is well worth a climb to the top of the round tower dominating the graveyard.’
      • ‘The local gothic mansion, Bled Castle, is situated on a cliff overlooking the lake and dominates the landscape.’
      • ‘The Acropolis, in the centre of Athens, is an outcrop of rock that dominates the ancient city.’
      • ‘In those days the silhouette of the city - dominated by the castle - could be seen as far away as Lauder.’
      • ‘One side of the square is dominated by an important-looking domed and pillared building.’
      • ‘The action takes place in a small fortified city, dominated by an exclusive apartment block for the rich.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The gigantic building, which dominates the whole city, was constructed on a hill in the southwest of Moscow.’
      • ‘They fear seven-storey tower blocks could dominate the skyline, competing with the cathedral in height.’
      • ‘Behind him the skyline was still dominated by the White Mountains, their snowy peaks glistening in the afternoon sun.’
      overlook, command, tower above, tower over, stand over, project over, jut over, hang over, loom over, dwarf, overtop, overshadow, overhang
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Early 17th century: from Latin dominat- ‘ruled, governed’, from the verb dominari, from dominus ‘lord, master’.