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Difference between Predominant and Predominate

Predominant, an adjective, means the most common or conspicuous.

  • The predominant view is that he is the best athlete ever.

Predominate, a verb, means to prevail or wield greater power or quantity.

  • The good will of the people definitely predominates in this town.

Note: Older dictionaries list the words as synonyms if used as adjectives.