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ˈdɒm əˌneɪtdom·i·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevailverb

    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

  2. dominateverb

    be in control

    "Her husband completely dominates her"

  3. dominate, masterverb

    have dominance or the power to defeat over

    "Her pain completely mastered her"; "The methods can master the problems"

  4. overshadow, dominate, eclipseverb

    be greater in significance than

    "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"

  5. dominate, command, overlook, overtopverb

    look down on

    "The villa dominates the town"


  1. dominatenoun

    A powerful underarm volley shot.

  2. dominatenoun

    To overlook from a height

  3. dominateverb

    To govern, rule or control by superior authority or power

  4. dominateverb

    To exert an overwhelming guiding influence over something or someone

  5. dominateverb

    To enjoy a commanding position in some field

  6. Etymology: From dominatus, perfect active participle of dominor, from dominus; see dominus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DOMINATEverb

    To predominate; to prevail over the rest.

    Etymology: dominatus, Lat.

    I thus conclude my theme,
    The dominating humour makes the dream. Dryden.


  1. Dominate

    The Dominate, also known as the late Roman Empire, is the name sometimes given to the "despotic" later phase of imperial government in the ancient Roman Empire. It followed the earlier period known as the "Principate". Until the empire was reunited in 313, this phase is more often called the Tetrarchy.It may begin with the commencement of the reign of Diocletian in AD 284, following the Third Century Crisis of AD 235–284, and to end in the west with the fall of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476, while in the east its end is disputed, as either occurring at the close of the reign of Justinian I (AD 565) or of Heraclius (AD 641). In form, the Dominate is considered to have been more authoritarian, less collegial and more bureaucratic than the Principate from which it emerged.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dominateverb

    to predominate over; to rule; to govern

  2. Dominateverb

    to be dominant

  3. Etymology: [L. dominatus, p. p. of dominari to dominate, fr. dominus master, lord. See Dame, and cf. Domineer.]


  1. Dominate

    The Dominate was the "despotic" latter phase of government in the ancient Roman Empire from the conclusion of the Third Century Crisis of 235–284 until the formal date of the collapse of the Western Empire in AD 476. It followed the period known as the Principate. In the Eastern half of the Empire, and especially from the time of Justinian I, the system of the Dominate evolved into autocratic absolutism. The term is derived from the Latin dominus, which translates English lord or master. This form of address - already used by slaves to address their masters - was used for emperors from the Julio-Claudian dynasty on, but inconsistently - Tiberius in particular is said to have reviled it as sycophancy. It became common under Diocletian, who is therefore a logical choice as the first ruler of the "early" dominate. Historian David Potter describes the transformation of government under Diocletian when describing the shifts in imagery the Emperor used to display his power: The style of Government so memorably described by Marcus, whereby the emperor sought to show himself as a model of correct aristocratic deportment, had given way to a style in which the emperor was seen to be distinct from all other mortals. His house could no longer be a grander version of houses that other people might live in: it, like him, had to be different.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dominate

    dom′in-āt, v.t. to be lord over: to govern: to prevail over, to be the chief feature of.—n. Dominā′tion, government: absolute authority: tyranny.—adj. Dom′inative, governing: (rare) arbitrary.—n. Dom′inator (Shak.), a ruler or governor: a ruling influence. [L. domināri, -ātus, to be master—dominus, master—domare = Eng. tame.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'dominate' in Verbs Frequency: #445

Anagrams for dominate »

  1. diamonte

  2. nematoid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dominate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dominate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of dominate in a Sentence

  1. Dennis Ross:

    One thing I know is that a one state outcome is not a solution, it's a prescription for an enduring war, because you have two national identities, they won't co-exist in one state. You will have one, which will inevitably dominate the other and by the way, look at Middle East.

  2. Salman Aziz:

    People are always busy in trying to manipulate and dominate others!

  3. Antony Blinken:

    Nations around the world continue to stand with Ukraine, because we all recognize that if we abandon Ukraine, we abandon the UN Charter itself, and the principles and rules that make all our countries safer and more secure: No seizing land by force. No erasing another country’s borders. No targeting civilians in war, if we do not defend these basic principles, we invite a world in which might makes right, the strong dominate the weak.

  4. Vanna Bonta:

    Unfortunately, in our society, power means the ability to dominate and oppress.

  5. Andrew Schneider:

    Men are confused. They're conflicted. They want a woman who's their intellectual equal, but they're afraid of women like that. They want a woman they can dominate, but then they hate her for being weak. It's an ambivalence that goes back to a man's relationship with his mother. Source of his life, center of his universe, object of both his fear and his love.

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