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verb dominate pronunciation in American English /ˈdɑmɪˌneɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledominating
past tensedominated
past participledominated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to control something or someone, often in a negative way, because you have more power or influence
    As a boy, he was dominated by his mother.
    She tends to dominate the conversation.
    He had been a dominating figure in her life.
  2. 2
    [transitive] if an object dominates a place, it is so big or high that it is easy to notice
    a little room dominated by a huge fireplace
    Chicago’s skyline is dominated by the country’s tallest skyscraper.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to be the most important issue, activity, problem, etc. in a particular situation
    The earthquake once again dominated the news.
    Don’t allow the computer to dominate your child’s life.
    Constitutional issues have become the dominating concern over the last few months.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to play much better than your opponents in a game or sport
    The Dodgers completely dominated the first half of the game.


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