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Write the Right Word: Dominant vs. Dominate

“Dominant” and “dominate” sound somewhat alike, but they can’t be used interchangeably.

“Dominant” is an adjective, meaning it is used to describe a subject. It is defined as having or exerting authority or influence, or occupying or being in a commanding or elevated position. For example, “Wheat is the dominant crop in many parts of North Dakota.” “Which is the dominant gene?”

“Dominate” is a verb. It means to rule over, have control of, tower over or overshadow. For example: “The instructor dominates the class.” “Successful leaders dominate events rather than react to them.”

Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391


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