- 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 dominate is defined as to have or take control, or to get all the attention.
intransitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
- 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 something): to dominate a baseball league
Origin of dominatefrom Classical Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari, to rule from dominus, a master from an unverified form domonos from base of domus: see dome
verbdom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing, dom·i·nates
- 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.
- a. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in: a drug company that dominates the tranquilizer market.b. To be the most abundant in: Grasses dominate most salt marshes.
- 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.
- To be predominant in an ecosystem.
Origin of dominateLatin dominārī domināt- to rule from dominus lord ; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dominates, present participle dominating, simple past and past participle dominated)