Definition of preponderate in English:


Pronunciation /prēˈpänd(ə)ˌrāt/ /priˈpɑnd(ə)ˌreɪt/

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Be greater in number, influence, or importance.

    ‘the advantages preponderate over this apparent disadvantage’
    • ‘In 1845 a Russian investigator disguised as a Kazakh visited Tarbagatai in Xinjiang and confirmed that British goods preponderated there among imported manufactures.’
    • ‘In Tosches's swanky new Tribeca pad, wood preponderates, wood of differing darkness and grains.’
    • ‘In business, a single objective preponderates: making money.’
    • ‘In Racine the poetry preponderates, with the drama a close second.’
    • ‘Even though their career aspirations were less focussed, the economic imperative of escaping from unemployment, rural communities and lowly prospects in the labour market preponderated.’
    • ‘But on the whole, only two generations, two ‘classes,’ preponderate - the ripe and the ailing.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, the designer tries to do too much with the set, though, to be sure, a play in which mime and simulation preponderate leaves little room for a designer.’
    prevail, exist, be in existence, be present, be the case, hold, obtain, occur, be prevalent, be current, be rife, be rampant, be the order of the day, be customary, be established, be common, be widespread, be in force, be in effect


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘weigh more, have greater intellectual weight’): from Latin praeponderat- ‘of greater weight’, from the verb praeponderare, from prae ‘before’ + ponderare ‘weigh, consider’.



/prēˈpänd(ə)ˌrāt/ /priˈpɑnd(ə)ˌreɪt/