Definition of commanding in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈmɑːndɪŋ/


1(In military contexts) having a position of authority: a commanding officer
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  • 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.
1.1Indicating or expressing authority; imposing: a man of commanding presence her style is commanding
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  • 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.
1.2Possessing or giving superior strength: a commanding 13-6 lead
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  • 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.
dominant, dominating, controlling, superior, powerful, prominent, advantageous, favourable, preferable, more desirable, most desirable
2(Of a place or position) dominating from above; giving a wide view of an area: the castle is built in a commanding position on a hill looking out over the sea
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  • 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.’

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