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

  • transitive v. To rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly; tyrannize.
  • intransitive v. To exercise arbitrary or arrogant rule or control.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly; to tyrannize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To rule with insolence or arbitrary sway; to play the master; to be overbearing; to tyrannize; to bluster; to swell with conscious superiority or haughtiness; -- often with over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rule in an overbearing or arrogant manner; have or get the upper hand.
  • To give orders or directions in an arrogant, blustering manner; make an overbearing assertion of authority; play the master: often with over.
  • Synonyms To tyrannize.
  • To swagger, lord it.
  • To govern; sway; influence.

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

  • v. rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner


Dutch domineren, from French dominer, from Latin dominārī, to dominate; see dominate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch domineren, from Middle French dominer. (Wiktionary)



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