predominate[prē däm′ə nāt′, pri-; for adj., -nit]
An example of predominate is a prison guard having control over prisoners.
intransitive verbpredominated, predominating
- to have ascendancy, authority, or dominating influence (over others); hold sway
- to be dominant in amount, number, etc.; prevail; preponderate
Origin of predominate; from Medieval Latin predominatus, past participle of predominari: see pre- and amp; 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