- 1(In military contexts) having a position of authority: a commanding officerMore example sentences
- When I was in the military, my commanding officer would issue orders to his troops, if you carried them out as instructed, you were a good soldier!
- In the military, the commanding officer must be certain that his or her command will be strictly followed.
- Owen had served in the army and was commanding officer of the military hospital.
- 1.1(Of an advantage or position) controlling; superior: a commanding 13-6 leadMore example sentences
- Kate, superior to all the other anchors, swells a commanding lead after just one lap, and doubles it with her piston-stroke off the pool wall.
- They had enough early possession to have built up a commanding lead but didn't take their chances and found themselves 8-5 down at the interval.
- By half time Comer were in a commanding 20-6 lead.
- 1.2Indicating or expressing authority; imposing: a man of commanding presence her style is commandingMore example sentences
- Often glancing at the magistrates, Dumas was a commanding presence with a flair for the dramatic.
- He has a commanding presence, demanding attention and respect, and an image (glasses, suit and hat) that hasn't changed much in 30 years.
- But this one has a commanding shape and presence.
- 1.3(Of a place or position) dominating physically; giving a wide view: a commanding position looking out over the seaMore example sentences
- The car has certainly proved itself as a worthy mileage machine, the high seating position offering a commanding view of the road.
- Built overlooking the valley, it holds a commanding view of the area and is a spectacular sight.
- The driving position is good, giving a commanding view of the road ahead.
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- But he won two presidential elections commandingly, and over the course of several decades inspired a devoted following that now wants to etch his name and image on currency, public buildings and monuments across the land.
- Ms Flynn resplendent in a suit of white was obliged to leave after her speech and walked commandingly out to speak to reporters.
- ‘Stop doing that,’ Ellen's voice suddenly said commandingly as he looked up at her, ‘you'll only get it dirtier and risk infection.’