verb (used with object)
Origin of captain
Related Words for captaininguse, regulate, run, dominate, oversee, train, conduct, administer, maintain, supervise, handle, govern, operate, guide, maneuver, sail, cross, cruise, steer, inspect
Examples from the Web for captaining
Contemporary Examples of captaining
Harry will be captaining one team, Nacho Figueras the opposition.Can Harry Shed the Playboy Prince Tag?
March 2, 2012
Historical Examples of captaining
In the gymnasium he found Delight, captaining a basket-ball team.Dangerous Days
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Captaining and piloting a river boat are clearly good for the health.American Adventures
Yet, madam, they are all capable of captaining the army; they are all experienced and brave chiefs.
Next, after that, he had signalized his Senior year by captaining the Varsity to its first victory over Stanford in five years.The Little Lady of the Big House
Word Origin for captain
1590s, from captain (n.). Related: Captained; captaining.
late 14c., capitayn, "a leader, chief, one who stands at the head of others," from Old French capitaine "captain, leader," from Late Latin capitaneus "chief," noun use of adjective capitaneus "prominent, chief," from Latin caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum).
Military sense of "officer who commands a company" (rank between major and lieutenant) is from 1560s; naval sense of "officer who commands a man-of-war" is from 1550s, extended to "master or commander of a vessel of any kind" by 1704. Sporting sense is first recorded 1823.