Definition of dominate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Have a commanding influence on; exercise control over.

    ‘the company dominates the market for operating system software’
    • ‘In a sport utterly dominated by a handful of nations, it's pretty much a closed shop.’
    • ‘A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions.’
    • ‘First, it is a defined geographic market dominated by a handful of big players with plenty of reach.’
    • ‘Thus, markets were increasingly dominated by a small number of large vertically integrated enterprises.’
    • ‘They dominated territorially for long periods yet were left frustrated by their inability to break down a solid defence.’
    • ‘Neither side dominated territorially for the remainder of the match.’
    • ‘However, the government was increasingly dominated by the Conservatives.’
    • ‘The right wing can only dominate to the extent that the vacuum opened up on the left remains unfilled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frustrated by a lack of progress in an industry still dominated by men, women are fighting on several fronts.’
    • ‘The world's money is now dominated by giant financial corporations.’
    • ‘The home side dominated proceedings and took the lead midway through the first half.’
    • ‘And humans do not attain lasting joy by power grabbing, dominating others, or heaping up public acclaim.’
    • ‘After all, the choice of candidates is still dominated by fixers and power players.’
    • ‘The French have dominated decision-making about agricultural standards.’
    • ‘However, we know that if government continues to dominate the market the private sector will never develop.’
    • ‘In our electronic culture the image dominates to an extent that can almost reduce the words to extras.’
    • ‘The opposition had no chance to speak to the public via the state-controlled media, which totally dominates the market.’
    • ‘My preference is for a pluralistic world, not dominated by any single power.’
    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 1992 champion’
      • ‘It looked like I was dominating the race, but I wasn't really.’
      • ‘He also does not consistently dominate at that level like a future NFL player should.’
      • ‘It translates not only to those short gains but, more notably, to his knack of dominating the most important games.’
      • ‘He would never sit back and relax because he could always go faster, win more races and dominate a little more.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thoughts of my dominating this race quickly turned to thoughts of my finishing this race.’
      • ‘In Victoria last week one topic completely dominated the headlines: police corruption.’
      • ‘For as long as I can remember there has always been one team that dominates the year's racing.’
      • ‘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 remains on course for the victory he needs to keep this year's title race alive after dominating the Rally of Italy yesterday.’
      • ‘Many have returned to their native land having failed to dominate racing.’
      • ‘For some reason, my mindset was to go out there and try to run away from the beginning and to dominate the race.’
      • ‘From dominating the race before and after the Second World War, French riders have gradually lost their grip over the race.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a week dominated by railway matters, it seems worth reminding ourselves just how fragmented the system is.’
      • ‘Today was for the student press, which is rather important in a town dominated by its university.’
      • ‘Two separate but important developments dominated newspaper headlines this week.’
      • ‘The first three dominated their respective races and were clear winners.’
    2. 1.2 (of something tall or high) have a commanding position over; overlook.
      ‘a picturesque city dominated by the cathedral tower’
      • ‘The Acropolis, in the centre of Athens, is an outcrop of rock that dominates the ancient city.’
      • ‘The action takes place in a small fortified city, dominated by an exclusive apartment block for the rich.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No stretch of road defines and dominates a city the way the Strip does Las Vegas.’
      • ‘Anybody who knows Auckland will know that the city skyline is dominated by the Sky Tower.’
      • ‘Some featured the new Auckland landmark - the Sky Tower, which certainly now dominates the city skyline.’
      • ‘Designed by Brunelleschi and built without the use of scaffolding, the impressive dome atop the cathedral dominates the city's skyline.’
      • ‘If they pull that off, they will command world football like the Eiffel Tower dominates their capital.’
      • ‘One side of the square is dominated by an important-looking domed and pillared building.’
      • ‘It dominates the city - being embedded in rock that was displaced in the Ice Age.’
      • ‘The gigantic building, which dominates the whole city, was constructed on a hill in the southwest of Moscow.’
      • ‘Behind him the skyline was still dominated by the White Mountains, their snowy peaks glistening in the afternoon sun.’
      • ‘Edinburgh Castle, the most famous castle in Scotland, overlooks the city and dominates its skyline.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The local gothic mansion, Bled Castle, is situated on a cliff overlooking the lake and dominates the landscape.’
      • ‘They fear seven-storey tower blocks could dominate the skyline, competing with the cathedral in height.’
      • ‘In those days the silhouette of the city - dominated by the castle - could be seen as far away as Lauder.’
      • ‘This would dramatically alter the landscape where the medieval cathedral still dominates its surroundings.’
      • ‘For those not of a vertiginous disposition, it is well worth a climb to the top of the round tower dominating the graveyard.’
      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’.