- 1Officially take possession or control of (something), especially for military purposes: telegraph and telephone lines were commandeered by the generalsMore example sentences
- It reopened to the public… after it was commandeered two years ago for a US military base.
- Chandler and his control team were commandeering juggernauts to block off the dock piers one at a time.
- These laws already give police sweeping powers to take control of services and commandeer buildings and equipment.
- 1.1Take possession of (something) without authority: he hoisted himself onto a table, commandeering it as a speaker’s platformMore example sentences
- So, after some plotting, the pair commandeer an ice cream truck and hit the road with granny chilling in the freezer.
- On January 8, 1880, a group of over 150 miners commandeered a train and forced the conductor to take them to Hawks Nest without pay.
- The second incident occurred on the same day when a vehicle was commandeered by a group of nine refugees who forced their way into the vehicle.
- 1.2Enlist (someone) to help in a task, typically against the person’s will: he commandeered the men to find a tableMore example sentences
- But her enthusiastic account of the local food scene made such an impression on programme producer David Pritchard that he commandeered her for part of the film.
- But after I told Neil I had been a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games and done boxing reporting he immediately commandeered me to do more work.
- The limousine driver was exactly where we left him, and I commandeered him to drive us to my place.
early 19th century: from Afrikaans kommandeer, from Dutch commanderen, from French commander 'to command' (see command).