commandeer

[ kom-uhn-deer ]
/ ˌkɒm ənˈdɪər /

verb (used with object)

to order or force into active military service.
to seize (private property) for military or other public use: The police officer commandeered a taxi and took off after the getaway car.
to seize arbitrarily.

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Origin of commandeer

1880–85; <Afrikaans kommandeer<French commander to command
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British Dictionary definitions for commandeer

commandeer
/ (ˌkɒmənˈdɪə) /

verb (tr)

to seize for public or military use
to seize arbitrarily

Word Origin for commandeer

C19: from Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command
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