[kom-uh n-deer]

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.

Origin of commandeer

1880–85; < Afrikaans kommandeer < French commander to command Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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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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