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verb dominate pronunciation in British English /ˈdɒmɪneɪt/
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
    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.


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