An example of predominate is a prison guard having control over prisoners.
intransitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
- to have ascendancy, authority, or dominating influence (over others); hold sway
- to be dominant in amount, number, etc.; prevail; preponderate
Origin of predominatefrom Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominari: see pre- and dominate
verbpre·dom·i·nat·ed, pre·dom·i·nat·ing, pre·dom·i·nates
- To have or gain controlling power or influence; prevail: Good predominates over evil in many literary works.
- To be of or have greater quantity or importance; preponderate: French-speaking people predominate in Quebec.
Origin of predominateMedieval Latin praedominārī praedomināt-Latin prae- pre- Latin dominārī to rule ( from dominus master ; see dem- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present predominates, present participle predominating, simple past and past participle predominated)
- (nonstandard) predominant