- To dominate is defined as to have or take control, or to get all the attention.
- An example of dominate is bossing everyone else around.
- An example of dominate is what happens when a new baby gets fussed over by everyone and gets all of the attention.
- to rule or control by superior power or influence: to dominate a group
- to tower over (other things); rise high above (the surroundings, etc.): a building that dominates the city
- to have foremost place in: to dominate a baseball league
Origin: ; from Classical Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari, to rule ; from dominus, a master ; from an unverified form domonos ; from base of domus: see dome
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verb dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing, dom·i·nates verb, transitive
- To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power: Successful leaders dominate events rather than react to them.
- To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over: Ambition dominated their lives.
- To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in: a drug company that dominates the tranquilizer market.
- To overlook from a height: a view from the cliffside chalet that dominates the valley.
- To have or exert strong authority or mastery.
- To be situated in or occupy a position that is more elevated or decidedly superior to others.
Origin: Latin dominārī, domināt-, to rule, from dominus, lord; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
- domˈi·naˌtive adjective
- domˈi·naˌtor noun