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adjective dominant pronunciation in British English /ˈdɒmɪnənt/
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  1. 1
    more important, powerful, or successful than the other people or things of the same type

    The company cannot preserve its dominant position in the market.

    The issue of climate change was the dominant theme of the conference.

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    1. a.
      a dominant person or animal is stronger than others in a group and wants to control them

      It is easy to spot the dominant wolf in the pack.

      a dominant personality

    2. b.
      more noticeable than the other parts or aspects of something

      Red is usually the dominant colour in his paintings.

  2. 2
    biology a dominant gene causes someone to be born with particular genetic features, even if it is only present in one parent

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