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verb dominate pronunciation in British English /ˈdɒmɪneɪt/ 
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.

  4. 4
    [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.


used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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