If something is dominating, that means it has a powerful and commanding position. If your team is dominating on the basketball court, you're not only winning, you're outplaying your opponents.

Dominating comes from the root word dominate, which comes from the Latin word dominari, meaning "to rule, to govern." When you're a dominating presence, you're self-assured and clearly in charge of your environment — possibly even to the point of being bossy. An object can be dominating too, such as that tall church in the distance that's dominating the landscape.

Definitions of dominating

adj offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

“a rather aggressive and dominating character”
autocratic, bossy, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptory
tending to domineer

adj most powerful, important, or influential

“D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe”
ascendant, ascendent
exercising influence or control

adj used of a height or viewpoint

“looked up at the castle dominating the countryside”
commanding, overlooking
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')

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