Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Medieval Latin praedominārī, praedomināt- : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dominārī, to rule (from dominus, master).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • As to Jay's question about areas in which conservatives "predominate," I'd offer the small

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  • "predominate" over any individual issues, and for which a class action is "superior" to other methods of adjudication.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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