a person who commands.
a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader.
the commissioned officer in command of a military unit.
U.S. Navy. an officer ranking below a captain and above a lieutenant commander.
a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit.
the chief officer of a commandery in the medieval orders of Knights Hospitalers, Knights Templars, and others.
a member of one of the higher classes or ranks in certain modern fraternal orders, as in the Knights Templars.
- com·mand·er·ship, noun
- sub·com·mand·er, noun
- sub·com·mand·er·ship, noun
- un·der·com·mand·er, noun
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How to use commander in a sentence
The most important duty of a president of the United States is in the role of commander-in-chief.
He was commander in chief of the Long Beach Police Department prior to his role in Oceanside.Oceanside Is Rethinking Its Police Chief Hiring Process Following Community Concerns | Kayla Jimenez | September 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
It must strike at the heart of every member of the military after hearing his comments to know they have to salute the pig who is their commander in chief.My Dad served in WWII — he was a hero, not a loser | Peter Rosenstein | September 10, 2020 | Washington Blade
They have not posed as commanders dispatching brave conscripts off to the front, but rather as mothers and daughters sharing the fears and privations of their fellow citizens.Why female leaders are faring better than ‘wartime presidents’ against COVID-19 | matthewheimer | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
I was sitting in front of soldiers, and their commanders were not informing people that people will be beaten soon … they said just please leave this square clean.Belarus LGBTQ activist joins anti-government protests | Michael K. Lavers | August 18, 2020 | Washington Blade
Qasem Suleimani was appointed as commander of the force in 1997.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq | IranWire | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“He was a brave field commander and an expert in intelligence, and in organizing popular and tribal forces,” said the eulogist.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq | IranWire | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Zaim Ali, a Peshmerga commander, said: “We have established a military plan to clear ISIS from all of areas.”Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar | Jamie Dettmer | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is not lost on their commander, Rama (Shani Klein), an aspiring military careerist who looks down on frivolity in wartime.
Francis fired the uncompromising commander of his Swiss Guard.Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards? | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
More soldiers crowded into the cave and Professor-commander Krafft came in behind them.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
By the end of the campaign of 1796 he had proved that he was as great a chief of the staff as Bonaparte was a great commander.
The commander of this fleet was an Englishman, according to the agreement between them.
The commander-in-chief still kept him attached to the headquarter staff, and constantly employed him on special service.
So far Murat had always held subordinate commands; his great ambition was to become the commander-in-chief of an independent army.
British Dictionary definitions for commander
an officer in command of a military formation or operation
a naval commissioned rank junior to captain but senior to lieutenant commander
the second in command of larger British warships
someone who holds authority
a high-ranking member of some knightly or fraternal orders
an officer responsible for a district of the Metropolitan Police in London
history the administrator of a house, priory, or landed estate of a medieval religious order
- commandership, noun
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