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Definition of dominate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dominate
    he / she / it dominates
    past simple dominated
    -ing form dominating
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] dominate (somebody/something) to control or have a lot of influence over someone or something, especially in an unpleasant way As a child he was dominated by his father. He tended to dominate the conversation. She always says a lot in meetings, but she doesn't dominate.
  2. 2[transitive] dominate something to be the most important or noticeable feature of something The train crash dominated the news.
  3. 3[transitive] dominate something to be the largest, highest, or most obvious thing in a place The cathedral dominates the city.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] dominate (something) (sport) to play much better than your opponent in a game He dominated in the first game of the chess match.
noun [uncountable] political domination companies fighting for domination of the software market
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