Definition of predominate in English:



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  • 1Be the strongest or main element; be greater in number or amount.

    ‘small-scale producers predominate in the south’
    • ‘Called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the forces are present in varying amounts in each of us, but one usually predominates.’
    • ‘Marina confirmed in her comments that the arrests have already provoked a strong reaction among students and young people who predominated in the anti-government protests and rallies over the last year and a half.’
    • ‘We expect that a couple of large brewery groups will predominate and strong local brands will develop into regional brands.’
    • ‘In this scheme of things, the elements of air and fire predominated and together they composed a fifth element, more pure than the rest, which the ancients called ‘the aether.’’
    • ‘Ethnic Palauans predominate, inhabiting the main islands of the archipelago.’
    • ‘Kenya's coffee plantations were lucrative and worked by African labourers; however, south Asians predominated on the railways and in the commercial sector.’
    • ‘Colours, with somewhat muted browns and grays predominating, are faithfully rendered.’
    • ‘This was harmoniously wedded to an uninteresting brown flavour in which sugary notes predominated.’
    • ‘Plants with strong forms predominate, notably agaves and cycads, which complement the existing bird of paradise and queen palm.’
    • ‘The major older dissenting denominations - the Baptists and the Congregationalists - predominated in the south and east.’
    • ‘Modern light brown polished wood and mirrored wall panelling predominates in the bedroom giving it a fairly conventional but comfortable feel.’
    • ‘Black to brown colors predominate, whereas orange-gold colors are common and reds are comparatively rare.’
    • ‘Fortunately the autobiographical element doesn't predominate.’
    • ‘Both elements were present throughout the post-war period, but collectivism predominated until 1979.’
    • ‘In general, indica rices predominate in South Asia, and japonica varieties are more common in East Asia.’
    • ‘It is also true that American products predominated in specific markets such as cinema and television, fast food, and beverages such as Coca-Cola.’
    be in the majority, preponderate, be predominant, be greater in amount, be greater in number, be greatest in amount, be greatest in number, be prevalent, prevail, dominate, reign, be the order of the day
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    1. 1.1 Have or exert control or power.
      ‘private interest was not allowed to predominate over the public good’
      • ‘The fact that power politics predominates does not mean that norms, values, and even legal rules are not also relevant in shaping both the ends to which the powerful give priority and the means by which they choose to pursue them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Further, one of his main tenets is that this belief, time after time, has been shown as blatantly illogical, and yet it continues to predominate in the corridors of power.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Fang, the most prevalent and warlike of these tribes, predominated.’
      • ‘This culture still predominates in several East African countries and exerts a strong influence in northern Mozambique.’
      prevail, dominate, be dominant, hold sway, get the upper hand, have the upper hand, carry most weight, be in control, rule
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Late 16th century: from medieval Latin predominat- ‘predominated’, from the verb predominari (see pre-, dominate).