Definition of commander in English:

commander

noun

  • 1A person in authority, especially over a body of troops or a military operation.

    ‘the commander of a paratroop regiment’
    • ‘Sand can play havoc with machinery, despite technological improvements to parts such as air filters but military commanders insist troops could cope with the heat.’
    • ‘This precedent focuses on military commanders conducting operations that affect the surrounding civilian population.’
    • ‘It is also true that military commanders care about their troops and do not want to waste lives.’
    • ‘Without this war declaration, military commanders have no command authority over contractor personnel.’
    • ‘It was the first time since 1945 that Britain had faced an assault on its sovereignty, and its military commanders had never considered this type of expeditionary warfare.’
    • ‘To stem any potential mutiny by the public, military commanders have replaced civilian governors.’
    • ‘Military commanders have warned coalition troops in the south, where British troops are based, to be on their guard against attack.’
    • ‘He is one of 11 former militia commanders from different military units around the country, that have been sent to Japan in two groups so far.’
    • ‘One of the oldest criticisms of military commanders is they are constantly trying to fight the last war.’
    • ‘Once the general concept was approved by the squadron commander, the troop commanders and the squadron staff began to select specific targets.’
    • ‘By the end of the war, military commanders had integrated it into practically every type of mission.’
    • ‘He strode with the swagger of a military commander, surveying his troops, evaluating his options.’
    • ‘Military commanders must be able to conduct operations in permissive, uncertain, and hostile environments.’
    • ‘The new zones will be under the ultimate authority of military commanders.’
    • ‘Our military commanders go to great lengths to ensure that the weapons they deploy and the tactics they use minimize civilian casualties.’
    • ‘Society and the state evidence the need for the emergence of and functioning of military leaders, commanders, who enjoy authority.’
    • ‘Military commanders say they are raising their offensive operations against terrorist strongholds.’
    • ‘That's twice as many troops as military commanders suggested earlier in the week.’
    • ‘No more than 15 percent of the guerrilla commanders were military professionals.’
    • ‘For centuries commanders have recognized that military proficiency requires prior study and exercise.’
    leader, head, headman, boss, chief, director, manager, overseer, controller, master
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    1. 1.1 A rank of naval officer, above lieutenant commander and below captain.
      • ‘Admiral William Halsey was a senior American naval commander in the Pacific region during World War Two.’
      • ‘Incidentally, this pattern was that worn by captains and commanders from 1832-1939.’
      • ‘This contrasted sharply with the situation of the opposing commander, Admiral Villeneuve.’
      • ‘Two days later, he told naval commanders that there was ‘a limit to our patience’.’
      • ‘Warren served in the navy for five years, and was described by his senior naval commanders as a superior able seaman.’
      • ‘Some commanders, such as Nelson, were expert intelligence officers; others were not.’
      • ‘Senior commanders must ensure that this change is not permitted to affect the education of senior officers negatively.’
      • ‘And by giving the impression that naval commanders were dealing with the problem in a professional way he maintained the dynamism that Russians respect in a leader.’
      • ‘Allied naval commanders had a great respect for him, but he was not so highly thought of by some of his colleagues.’
      • ‘Prince Rupert had two military careers, as an army officer until 1646 and as a naval commander thereafter.’
      • ‘We asked the commander of U.S. naval forces in the region about his efforts to keep the peace.’
      • ‘Both American and British naval commanders are already familiar with the Gulf.’
      • ‘In simulation, however, such disasters can be reversed - a luxury not afforded to ship commanders in the field.’
      • ‘Britain provided the deputy commander and some naval forces and other countries contributed a few ships.’
      • ‘Admiral Nelson had several qualities that ensured his success as a naval commander.’
      • ‘In Admiral Spruance, it had found one of the Pacific War's most effective tactical naval commanders.’
      • ‘The Roman naval commanders of AD43 would have had a massive incentive to reduce these uncertainties by using the short crossing of the Dover Strait.’
      • ‘Cumberland later went back to sea with one captain and five commanders on board - the six are shortly to assume command of their own frigates and destroyers.’
      • ‘This was not a ponderous process but the kind of decision making that one might expect of a commander in chief.’
    2. 1.2 An officer in charge of a Metropolitan Police district in London.
      • ‘Greek police commanders said the men had talked regularly with hostage negotiators by mobile phone.’
      • ‘Mr O'Connor said the association was concerned, but he did not blame the district commanders, whose performance was measured by crime statistics.’
      • ‘The police commander said the terrorists deliberately set out to kill and to injure as many people as possible.’
      • ‘Police commanders ruled out a rooftop rescue that morning.’
      • ‘They then appointed their own commanders in the police stations.’
      • ‘The police commander told the students that drug use and criminal activities pose a constant threat to young people today.’
      • ‘Local police commanders were asked to comment on the concerns and they raised several issues including the gap between actual crime and the fear of crime.’
      • ‘The strategy holds police commanders accountable for crime rates.’
      • ‘CNN reports that it contacted a police commander who had a vague recollection of arresting him.’
      • ‘The sergeant has taken over the role of section commander at Tidworth police station.’
      • ‘His assessment of the violence was backed by the district police commander for North Belfast.’
      • ‘Police commanders concluded that it must have been swamped by waves and refused to conduct a search further east for signs of the life raft.’
      • ‘Reacting to the outrage, Indonesian police commanders yesterday defended the conduct of investigators.’
      • ‘The borough patrol are being replaced by police community support officers, who have similar powers but come under the control of police commanders.’
      • ‘No one was jailed and the police commanders involved were promoted to higher posts.’
      • ‘He wants to make communities more involved in policing and make police commanders of the future more accountable to criticism when services are not up to scratch.’
      • ‘He told police commanders here on Friday they should resign if they were not prepared to stop prisoners escaping from police holding cells.’
      • ‘The council executive believes the tactic would deter petty criminals from bad behaviour, and it wants the decision to be devolved from the Met to borough police commanders.’
      • ‘In attendance from the police were a number of senior officers led by the local area commander.’
      • ‘On that basis, the police commander decides to storm the house.’
  • 2A member of a higher class in some orders of knighthood.

    • ‘He was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour by his second country in 1896 and a commander of the order in 1933.’
    • ‘Singer Rod Stewart, seen here at a 2004 London concert, will be made a Commander of the British Empire.’
    • ‘The professor, who has worked at Imperial College since 1970 was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Population Ecology.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French comandeor, from late Latin commandare (see command).

Pronunciation

commander

/kəˈmɑːndə/