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[kom-uh n-deer]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to order or force into active military service.
  2. to seize (private property) for military or other public use: The police officer commandeered a taxi and took off after the getaway car.
  3. to seize arbitrarily.
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Origin of commandeer

1880–85; < Afrikaans kommandeer < French commander to command
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Related Words for commandeer

confiscate, hijack, activate, expropriate, annex, assume, arrogate, sequestrate, sequester, snatch, preempt, requisition, draft, take, usurp, appropriate, enslave, grab, liberate, conscript

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British Dictionary definitions for commandeer


verb (tr)
  1. to seize for public or military use
  2. to seize arbitrarily
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Word Origin for commandeer

C19: from Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command
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Word Origin and History for commandeer


1881, from Dutch (especially Afrikaans) kommandeeren "to command" (for military service), from French commander (see command (v.)). Related: Commandeered; commandeering.

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