Meaning of “dominate” in the English Dictionary

"dominate" in British English

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uk /ˈdɒm.ɪ.neɪt/ us /ˈdɑː.mə.neɪt/

dominate verb (HAVE CONTROL)

B2 [ I or T ] to have control over a place or person:

He refuses to let others speak and dominates every meeting.
They work as a group - no one person is allowed to dominate.

More examples

  • It's astonishing to think that only a few years ago Communism dominated eastern Europe.
  • The skyline is dominated by smoking factory chimneys.
  • a political party dominated by populists
  • Despite dominating the game, United couldn't score and lost 2-0.
adjective uk /ˈdɒm.ɪ.neɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈdɑː.mə.neɪ.t̬ɪŋ/

a dominating personality

(Definition of “dominate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dominate" in American English

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dominateverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈdɑm·əˌneɪt/

to have control over a place or a person, or to be the most important person or thing:

[ T ] It was the story that dominated the headlines this week.
[ T ] The Rams dominated the football game in handing the Eagles their second loss.

(Definition of “dominate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dominate" in Business English

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dominateverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈdɒmɪneɪt/ us

to be more important, powerful, or successful than other people, companies, etc.:

This is an industry where a few global manufacturers and their brands dominate.
They dominate the market for high-speed internet routers.

to be the largest or most noticeable part of something:

The dispute is likely to dominate the meeting.
male-/female-dominated She is a powerful female figurehead in a very male-dominated industry.
noun [ U ]

the growing domination of electronic media in our lives

(Definition of “dominate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)