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Definition of dominate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    dominate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdɒmɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːmɪneɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dominate
    BrE BrE//ˈdɒmɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːmɪneɪt//
     
    he / she / it dominates
    BrE BrE//ˈdɒmɪneɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːmɪneɪts//
     
    past simple dominated
    BrE BrE//ˈdɒmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    past participle dominated
    BrE BrE//ˈdɒmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form dominating
    BrE BrE//ˈdɒmɪneɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːmɪneɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] dominate (somebody/something) to control or have a lot of influence over somebody/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 Arsenal dominated the first half of the match.
  5. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin dominat- ‘ruled, governed’, from the verb dominari, from dominus ‘lord, master’.Extra examples She always says a lot in meetings, but she doesn’t dominate. She was a boisterous girl with a loud voice who always dominated the conversation. The insurance market is totally dominated by the private pension organizations. This is an attempt to control the multinational giants who dominate the chemical industry. United completely dominated the first half of the game. His work increasingly dominates his life. She completely dominated the conversation.
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