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Definition of "predominate" [pre•dom•i•nate]

  • To have or gain controlling power or influence; prevail: Good predominates over evil in many literary works. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be of or have greater quantity or importance; preponderate: French-speaking people predominate in Quebec. (verb-intransitive)
  • To dominate or prevail over. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "predominate" in a sentence
  • "In children, coins predominate and are nearly always arrested at the level of the upper end of the sternum; in adults, dentures are the commonest foreign bodies, and may be impacted anywhere."
  • "In this hopeless climate sectional politics will start to predominate which is immensely to Browns advantage."
  • "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."