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Predominate


PREDOM'INATE, verb intransitive [Latin proe, before, and dominor, to rule, from dominus, lord.] To prevail; to surpass in strength, influence or authority; to be superior; to have controlling influence. In some persons, the love of money predominates over all other passions; in others, ambition or the love of fame predominates; in most men, self-interest predominates over patriotism and philanthropy.

So much did love t'her executed lord

Predominate in this fair lady's heart.

The rays reflected least obliquely may predominate over the rest.

PREDOM'INATE, verb transitive To rule over.