dominate

If your basketball team is undefeated, you could say that it was able to dominate the competition. To dominate means to be in control or have the power to defeat.

Dominate is related to the word domain — which means home. While these words may not seem all that similar, when you are the master of a home or thing, you dominate it. If you get angry, it is wise to not let your feelings dominate you or your actions. Dominate can also mean to be most prominent. If in the woods around your house, oak trees are the most common, you could say that "oak trees dominate the forest."

Definitions of dominate
  1. verb
    be in control
    “Her husband completely dominates her”
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    overbear
    overcome
    possess
    enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas
    type of:
    act upon, influence, work
    have and exert influence or effect
  2. verb
    be greater in significance than
    synonyms: eclipse, overshadow
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    type of:
    brood, bulk large, hover, loom
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
  3. verb
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    synonyms: predominate, prevail, reign, rule
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    types:
    override
    prevail over
    overarch
    be central or dominant
    outbalance, outweigh, overbalance, preponderate
    weigh more heavily
  4. verb
    have dominance or the power to defeat over
    synonyms: master
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    command
    be in command of
    subject, subjugate
    make subservient; force to submit or subdue
    general
    command as a general
    officer
    direct or command as an officer
    dragoon
    subjugate by imposing troops
    enslave
    make a slave of; bring into servitude
    type of:
    command, control
    exercise authoritative control or power over
  5. verb
    look down on
    “The villa dominates the town”
    synonyms: command, overlook, overtop
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    types:
    dwarf, overshadow, shadow
    make appear small by comparison
    type of:
    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
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