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verb     dominate pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledominating
past tensedominated
past participledominated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to control something or someone, often in a negative way, because you have more power or influence

    She tends to dominate the conversation.

    As a boy, he was dominated by his mother.

    He had been a dominating figure in her life.

  2. 2
    [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.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to play much better than your opponents in a game or sport

    Barcelona completely dominated the first half of the match.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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