Definition of preponderate in English:



[no object]
  • Be greater in number, influence, or importance.

    ‘the advantages preponderate over this apparent disadvantage’
    • ‘In 1845 a Russian investigator disguised as a Kazakh visited Tarbagatai in Xinjiang and confirmed that British goods preponderated there among imported manufactures.’
    • ‘But on the whole, only two generations, two ‘classes,’ preponderate - the ripe and the ailing.’
    • ‘Even though their career aspirations were less focussed, the economic imperative of escaping from unemployment, rural communities and lowly prospects in the labour market preponderated.’
    • ‘In Racine the poetry preponderates, with the drama a close second.’
    • ‘In Tosches's swanky new Tribeca pad, wood preponderates, wood of differing darkness and grains.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, the designer tries to do too much with the set, though, to be sure, a play in which mime and simulation preponderate leaves little room for a designer.’
    • ‘In business, a single objective preponderates: making money.’
    prevail, exist, be in existence, be present, be the case, hold, obtain, occur, be prevalent, be current, be rife, be rampant, be the order of the day, be customary, be established, be common, be widespread, be in force, be in effect
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘weigh more, have greater intellectual weight’): from Latin praeponderat- ‘of greater weight’, from the verb praeponderare, from prae ‘before’ + ponderare ‘weigh, consider’.