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From Latin dominātus, perfect active participle of dominor (rule, have dominion), from dominus (lord, master); see dominus.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɒməˌneɪt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɑːməˌneɪt/


dominate (third-person singular simple present dominates, present participle dominating, simple past and past participle dominated)

  1. To govern, rule or control by superior authority or power
    Antonyms: obey, submit
  2. To exert an overwhelming guiding influence over something or someone
    Antonyms: obey, submit
  3. To enjoy a commanding position in some field
    • 2011 October 15, Michael Da Silva, “Wigan 1 - 3 Bolton”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Individual mistakes proved costly for Wigan who, particularly after the half-time introduction of Hugo Rodallega, dominated for long periods.
  4. To overlook from a height.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 67:
      Our arrival at Worcester is heralded by the appearance of the city's cathedral tower, a solid square structure that's dominated the skyline since the 12th century.
  5. (computing, graph theory, linguistics) To precede another node of a directed graph in all paths from the start of the graph to the other node.

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dominate (comparative more dominate, superlative most dominate)

  1. Eggcorn of dominant.


dominate (countable and uncountable, plural dominates)

  1. (historical) The late period of the Roman Empire, following the principate, during which the emperor's rule became more explicitly autocratic and remaining vestiges of the Roman Republic were removed from the formal workings of government; the reign of any particular emperor during this period.
    • 1973, Karl Loewenstein, The Governance of Rome, Martinus Nijhoff, page 238,
      During the Dominate this tendency was perfected to the point of dirigism in the modern sense, a state-directed society and state-controlled economy, obliterating, once again a prelude to modern times, the laissez-faire climate that had characterized the economic self-determination of the individual under the republic and the Principate.
    • 1996, Clare Krojzl (translator), Sebastian Hensel, III: From Diocletian to Alaric [1886, lecture notes], Theodor Mommsen (editor), A History of Rome Under the Emperors, C.H.Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Republished 2005, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), eBook, page 317,
      The dominate of Diocletian and Constantine differs more sharply from the principate than the latter does from the Republic.
    • 1997, Thomas Dunlap (translator), Herwig Wolfram, The Roman Empire and Its Germanic Peoples, [1990, Das Reich und die Germanen], University of California Press, 2005, Paperback, page 55,
      Once someone had attained senatorial dignity by way of the successful tenure of some appropriate magistracy, one of the most important mechanisms of the dominate kicked in: all social rankings and professions were to a large extent heritable.

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  1. present adverbial passive participle of domini


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  1. inflection of dominare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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dominate f pl

  1. feminine plural of dominato





  1. vocative masculine singular of dominātus