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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power.
  • intransitive verb To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over.
  • intransitive verb To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in.
  • intransitive verb To be the most abundant in.
  • intransitive verb To overlook from a height.
  • intransitive verb To have or exert strong authority or mastery.
  • intransitive verb To be situated in or occupy a position that is more elevated or decidedly superior to others.
  • intransitive verb To be predominant in an ecosystem.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bear rule over; control by mastery; govern; sway.
  • Hence To affect controllingly or most prominently; have chief influence over or effect upon; overshadow: as, a dominating feature in a landscape.
  • To hold control; predominate; prevail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be dominant.
  • transitive verb To predominate over; to rule; to govern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To govern, rule or control by superior authority or power
  • verb To exert an overwhelming guiding influence over something or someone
  • verb To enjoy a commanding position in some field
  • noun tennis A powerful underarm volley shot.
  • noun To overlook from a height

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be greater in significance than
  • verb look down on
  • verb be in control
  • verb be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
  • verb have dominance or the power to defeat over

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin dominārī, domināt-, to rule, from dominus, lord; see dem- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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