predominant, adj. dominant, ruling, regnant, sovereign; controlling, overruling, reigning, ranking, in the ascendancy, Inf. in the driver's seat; paramount, preeminent, top, top-priority; imperative, peremptory, absolute; weighty, forceful, forcible, mighty; powerful, potent, Literary, puissant; royal, kingly, monarchic, imperial; presidential, gubernatorial, administrative, executive, official, authoritative; prevailing, prevalent, chief, primary; prominent, telling, recognized, important.
predominate, v. preponderate, prevail, obtain; outweigh, overshadow, override, exceed, surpass; carry weight, tell, hold, carry the day; overrule, dominate, rule, reign; have the upper hand, domineer, control; overmaster, dictate, rule the roost; get the upper hand, make one's voice heard, make one's influence felt.
preeminence, n. 1. superiority, dominance, predominance, control, power, dominion, domination; pull, sway, hold, prevalence; preponderancy, para-mountcy, precedence, primacy, Obs. prepollence; ascendancy, supremacy, sovereignty, mastery; priority, seniority, command, hegemony.
2. peerlessness, matchlessness, superexcellence, magnificence; incomparability, inimitability, virtuosity; height, maximum, optimum, zenith, acme, apex; excellence, eminence, importance, top billing; greatness, prominence, mark, note; sublimity, regard, renown, respect, prestige, grandeur, glory.
preeminent, adj. 1. superior, distinguished, peerless, matchless, supreme, sublime, transcendent; incomparable, inimitable, unrivaled, unsurpassed, unmatched, unequaled, unparalleled; highest, maximal, maximum, optimal, ultimate; utmost, topmost, top, foremost, crowning; paramount, surpassing, reigning, ruling, regnant, sovereign.
2. dominant, predominant, most important, most influential, strongest; main, chief, leading, commanding, head; prevailing, prevalent, most widespread.
preeminently, adv. supremely, eminently, superlatively; remarkably, signally, emphatically, powerfully, mightily; prominently, conspicuously, notably, strikingly, pointedly, glaringly, manifestly; unusually, extraordinarily, singularly, uncommonly, indescribably; surprisingly, incredibly, amazingly, wondrously, astonishingly; largely, greatly, richly; incomparably, inimitably, Fr. par excellence, unbeatably, peerlessly, matchlessly; intensely, extremely, the most; exceedingly, surpassingly, exceptionally, above all, second to none, Latin, nulli secundus', chiefly, mainly, principally, particularly.
preempt, v. occupy, squat on, stake a claim, claim; adopt, assume, appropriate, arrogate, usurp; take over, take possession of, make free with, help oneself to; prepossess, preoccupy.
preen, v. 1. (all of animals, esp. birds) plume, trim; groom, dress.
2. (all of oneself) primp, beautify, prettify, fix up,
Inf. titivate, Inf. spruce up, Inf. doll up, Inf. gussy up,
Sl. trick up, Sl. dude up, Sl. swank up, Sl. fig out; array, bedizen, deck, deck out, bedeck, trap.
3. (all of oneself) pride, take pride, be proud; glory in, exult in, bask in; congratulate oneself, hug oneself, pat oneself on the back.
preface, n. 1. introduction, foreword, prologue, proem, prolegomenon, prelude, prelusion, preliminary; preamble, opening statement or remarks, opening, beginning, exordium; front matter, prolegomena, Print, preliminaries.
-v. 2. introduce, prefix, premise, prelude, prologize.
prefatory, adj. preliminary, preparatory, precursory, prelusive, proemial; introductory, opening, exordial; preceding, precedent, previous, prevenient, foregoing, anterior, antecedent.