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

  • transitive v. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power: Successful leaders dominate events rather than react to them.
  • transitive v. To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over: Ambition dominated their lives.
  • transitive v. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in: a drug company that dominates the tranquilizer market.
  • transitive v. To overlook from a height: a view from the cliffside chalet that dominates the valley.
  • intransitive v. To have or exert strong authority or mastery.
  • intransitive v. To be situated in or occupy a position that is more elevated or decidedly superior to others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

Latin dominārī, domināt-, to rule, from dominus, lord.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dominātus, perfect active participle of dominor ("rule, have dominion"), from dominus ("lord, master"); see dominus. (Wiktionary)

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