verb (used with or without object)

  1. to rule arbitrarily or despotically; tyrannize.
  2. to tower; to tower over or above: The castle domineers the town.


  1. (intr often foll by over) to act with arrogance or tyranny; behave imperiously

1580s, from Dutch domineren “to rule” (16c.), from Middle French dominer, from Latin dominari “to rule, ‘lord’ it over” (see domination). Shakespeare’s usage is not the earliest in English. Related: Domineering.

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