Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To have or gain controlling power or influence; prevail.
  • intransitive verb To be of or have greater quantity or importance; preponderate.
  • intransitive verb To dominate or prevail over.
  • adjective Predominant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Predominant; ruling.
  • To have or exert controlling power; surpass in authority or influence; be superior; preponderate.
  • Synonyms To prevail, preponderate.
  • To overrule; master; prevail over.

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

  • transitive verb rare To rule over; to overpower.
  • intransitive verb To be superior in number, strength, influence, or authority; to have controlling power or influence; to prevail; to rule; to have the mastery.

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

  • verb intransitive To dominate, have control, or succeed by superior numbers or size.
  • verb intransitive To be prominent; to loom large; to be the chief component of a whole.
  • verb transitive To dominate or hold power over, especially through numerical advantage; to outweigh.
  • adjective nonstandard predominant

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

  • verb be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
  • verb appear very large or occupy a commanding position
  • adjective having superior power and influence

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin praedominārī, praedomināt- : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dominārī, to rule (from dominus, master; see dem- in Indo-European roots).]

Examples

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  • In this hopeless climate sectional politics will start to predominate which is immensely to Browns advantage.

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  • Of course, as in all large communities of vigorous vitality, there will be mutually antagonist parties in this body but it is hardly to be doubted that with the growth and acclimatization of the Catholic Church in America that party will eventually predominate which is most in sympathy with the ruling ideas of the country and the age.

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  • We expect to see Latinos grow as a proportion of the evangelical population, but not to predominate within evangelicalism as they likely will within Catholicism.

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  • Three years later, the commission reported, friendly relations exist between the Sicilians, who predominate on the Near North Side and their Negro neighbors.

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  • While there are notable exceptions, the most highly religious Americans are likely to be Republicans; Democrats predominate among those who are least religious.

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  • Two reasons predominate my thinking on this: (1) the Deming effect, which says in a nutshell, if you want to make a better car, ask the guy on the assembly line how to do it, and (2) if the ground level workers have not bought off on the plan, the plan has no chance of success.

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