One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be greater in number, influence, or importance.‘the advantages preponderate over this apparent disadvantage’
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 effectView synonyms
- ‘In business, a single objective preponderates: making money.’
- ‘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 Tosches's swanky new Tribeca pad, wood preponderates, wood of differing darkness and grains.’
- ‘In Racine the poetry preponderates, with the drama a close second.’
- ‘In 1845 a Russian investigator disguised as a Kazakh visited Tarbagatai in Xinjiang and confirmed that British goods preponderated there among imported manufactures.’
- ‘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.’
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’.
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