Dominant means to be in control. In a wolf pack, one male wolf fights the others, wins, and becomes the dominant wolf in the group.

Dominant derives from the Latin dominus which means "lord or master." If you grew up with a Latin mass, you will recognize this as one of many words for God. If you're dominant, it means you treat others as if you're their master. You can also use dominant to describe something frequent or common. For example, when cell phones first came out, their dominant use was for making calls. Now cells phone do so much more, some people hardly make calls on them at all.

Definitions of dominant
  1. adjective
    most frequent or common
    synonyms: predominant, prevailing, prevalent, rife
    coming at short intervals or habitually
  2. adjective
    exercising influence or control
    “television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion”
    “the dominant partner in the marriage”
    ascendant, ascendent, dominating
    most powerful or important or influential
    able to control or determine policy
    responsible for making and enforcing rules and laws
    overriding, paramount, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating
    having superior power and influence
    having or showing a desire to control or dominate
    sovereign, supreme
    greatest in status or authority or power
    (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by
    of or characteristic of high rank or importance
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    low-level, subordinate
    lower in rank or importance
    adjunct, assistant
    of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another
    having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status
    belonging to a lower class or rank
    lower in rank, power, or authority
    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
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  3. noun
    (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale
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    type of:
    musical note, note, tone
    a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  4. noun
    an allele that produces the same phenotype whether its paired allele is identical or different
    synonyms: dominant allele
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    type of:
    allele, allelomorph
    (genetics) either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character
  5. adjective
    (of genes) producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar
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    (of genes) producing its characteristic phenotype only when its allele is identical
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