v. pre·dom·i·nat·ed, pre·dom·i·nat·ing, pre·dom·i·nates
1. To have or gain controlling power or influence; prevail: Good predominates over evil in many literary works.
2. To be of or have greater quantity or importance; preponderate: French-speaking people predominate in Quebec.
To dominate or prevail over.
[Medieval Latin praedominārī, praedomināt- : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dominārī, to rule (from dominus, master; see dem- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
pre·domi·nate·ly (-nĭt-lē) adv.
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