verb (used with object), dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing.

  1. to rule over; govern; control.
  2. to tower above; overlook; overshadow: A tall pine dominated the landscape.
  3. to predominate, permeate, or characterize.
  4. Mathematics. (of a series, vector, etc.) to have terms or components greater in absolute value than the corresponding terms or components of a given series, vector, etc.
  5. Linguistics. (of a node in a tree diagram) to be connected with (a subordinate node) either directly by a single downward branch or indirectly by a sequence of downward branches.

verb (used without object), dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing.

  1. to rule; exercise control; predominate.
  2. to occupy a commanding or elevated position.


  1. to control, rule, or govern (someone or something)
  2. to tower above (surroundings, etc); overlook
  3. (tr; usually passive) to predominate in (something or someone)

1610s, from Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari “to rule, dominate, to govern,” from dominus (see domain). Related: Dominated; dominating. Or perhaps a back-formation from domination.

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