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predominate adj : having superior power and influence; "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism" [syn: overriding, paramount, predominant, preponderant, preponderating]


1 be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood" [syn: dominate, rule, reign, prevail]
2 appear very large or occupy a commanding position; "The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain"; "Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall" [syn: loom, tower, hulk]

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







  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, predominare#Italian|predominare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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