From King Dictionary of Contemporary English dominant dom‧i‧nant 1 / ˈdɒmɪnənt $ ˈdɑː- / ●●○ W3 AWL adjective 1 STRONG PERSON MAIN more powerful, important, or noticeable than other people or things → dominate The dominant male gorilla is the largest in the group. Japan became dominant in the mass market during the 1980s. its dominant position within the group ► see thesaurus at powerful 2 controlling or trying to control other people or things – used to show disapproval SYN domineering a dominant personality 3 HBH technical a dominant causes a child to have a particular gene physical feature or illness, even if it has been passed on from only one parent → recessive The disease is under the control of a single dominant gene. Examples from the Corpus dominant • Brown eyes are dominant. • dominant and aggressive behavior • Gradually, Microsoft became the dominant company in the software business • Overseas, Nielsen remains dominant in gathering sales and other data from retailers. • This was the dominant motif for schools in the first half of the century. • At the time Portugal was the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean. • Their strident moralism jarred with both the measured middle-class radicalism of the repealers and the dominant patrician language of high politics. • These are the dominant players in the Internet access hierarchy and provide other smaller service providers with backbone connectivity. • He suggests that in all cases contradictory discourses are neutralised by the dominant, privileged discourse. • In all of these situations the dominant social system lost its ability to adapt. • TV is the dominant source of information in our society. • Of course, these features of a society will themselves be influenced by its dominant style of adjudication. • But the dominant urban feature in the inter-war period was the growth and spread of London. dominant position • For centuries, they gave it a dominant position. • What's more, the law is on Littlewoods' side in keeping its dominant position. • With many browsers and server programs available, Netscape will lose its dominant position in the business. • Dynamic competition to establish a dominant position may involve reducing costs, process innovation, and product innovation, which are welfare-enhancing. • The primates attained their dominant positions through a combination of military skill, physical prowess, and personal magnetism. • It may also be powerful between close relatives where one may be in a dominant position vis-à-vis the other. • A company in a dominant position which charges excessive prices for its products may be acting abusively. dominant dominant 2 noun [singular ] technical APM the fifth note of a musical of eight notes scale Examples from the Corpus dominant • As the Dolphin approaches, summoned by Arion's song, the suspense is maintained almost to the last by means of secondary dominants. • All the dominants have high frequency here with Calluna the most dominant, and Cladonia species are frequent.