- being in command: a commanding officer.
- appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable: a commanding position; a commanding lead in the final period.
- having the air, tone, etc., of command; imposing; authoritative: a man of commanding appearance; a commanding voice.
- dominating by position, usually elevation; overlooking: a commanding bluff at the mouth of the river.
- (of a view, or prospect) provided by a commanding location and so permitting dominance: a commanding view of the mouth of the river.
Origin of commanding
- to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order: The captain commanded his men to attack.
- to require authoritatively; demand: She commanded silence.
- to have or exercise authority or control over; be master of; have at one's bidding or disposal: The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves.
- to deserve and receive (respect, sympathy, attention, etc.): He commands much respect for his attitude.
- to dominate by reason of location; overlook: The hill commands the sea.
- to have authority over and responsibility for (a military or naval unit or installation); be in charge of.
- to issue an order or orders.
- to be in charge; have authority.
- to occupy a dominating position; look down upon or over a body of water, region, etc.
- the act of commanding or ordering.
- an order given by one in authority: The colonel gave the command to attack.
- an order in prescribed words, usually given in a loud voice to troops at close-order drill: The command was “Right shoulder arms!”
- the order of execution or the second part of any two-part close-order drill command, as face in Right face!
- (initial capital letter)a principal component of the U.S. Air Force: Strategic Air Command.
- a body of troops or a station, ship, etc., under a commander.
- the possession or exercise of controlling authority: a lieutenant in command of a platoon.
- expertise; mastery: He has a command of French, Russian, and German.
- British. a royal order.
- power of dominating a region by reason of location; extent of view or outlook: the command of the valley from the hill.
- an electric impulse, signal, or set of signals for initiating an operation in a computer.
- a character, symbol, or item of information for instructing a computer to perform a specific task.
- a single instruction.
- of, relating to, or for use in the exercise of command: a command car; command post.
- of or relating to a commander: a command decision.
- ordered by a sovereign, as if by a sovereign, or by the exigencies of a situation: a command performance.
Origin of command
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Examples from the Web for commanding
This is both an outstanding work of scholarship and a commanding visual document.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
As his later wartime record would show, Jackson was extremely competent in the many skills required of a commanding general.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Early polling shows her with a commanding—if not outright prohibitive—lead among Democratic voters.Obama’s 2008 Backers: We’re Ready for Warren
October 9, 2014
At one point the commanding general, General Throckmorton, was told that there was gunfire raking a street.Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Shows Us How Not to Govern
August 19, 2014
Scourges, he says, “are killers who act, momentarily, as agents freed from sacred order and its commanding truths.”The Real Nightmare of Ferguson
August 15, 2014
A God-in-Chief was therefore created, like the commanding general of an army.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
This was the commanding verdict of the people, and it will not be unheeded.
The view from the summit of the hill is commanding and beautiful, but its grape is unique.
It was that of Demosthenes, concise, energetic, and commanding.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
His was a commanding physique, hard as the grim plains from which he wrested his living.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- being in command
- having the air of authoritya commanding voice
- (of a position, situation, etc) exerting control
- (of a height, viewpoint, etc) overlooking; advantageous
- (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to order, require, or compel
- to have or be in control or authority over (a person, situation, etc)
- (tr) to have knowledge or use ofhe commands the language
- (tr) to receive as due or because of merithis nature commands respect
- to dominate (a view, etc) as from a height
- an order; mandate
- the act of commanding
- the power or right to command
- the exercise of the power to command
- ability or knowledge; controla command of French
- mainly military the jurisdiction of a commander
- a military unit or units commanding a specific area or function, as in the RAF
- an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier)a command performance
- computing a word or phrase that can be selected from a menu or typed after a prompt in order to carry out an action
- any of the three main branches of the Canadian military forcesAir Command
Word Origin and History for commanding
late 15c. (in astronomy), present participle adjective from command (v.). Meaning "nobly dignified" is from 1590s. Meaning "dominant by virtue of size or position" is from 1630s. Related: Commandingly (mid-15c.).
c.1300, from Old French comander "to order, enjoin, entrust" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *commandare, from Latin commendare "to recommend, entrust to" (see commend), altered by influence of Latin mandare "to commit, entrust" (see mandate (n.)). Replaced Old English bebeodan. Related: Commanded; commanding.
c.1400, "order, command," from Old French comand (14c.), from comander (see command (v.)). Meaning "control, authority" is from mid-15c.