Definition of commanding in US English:

commanding

adjective

  • 1attributive (in military contexts) having a position of authority.

    ‘a commanding officer’
    • ‘The new Yorkshire Regiment's cap badge was unveiled yesterday as commanding officers admitted they were facing their biggest tests since the Second World War to effectively deploy troops.’
    • ‘The case ended in a hung jury, even though the jury consisted entirely of military officers sitting in judgment on criticism of their commanding officer.’
    • ‘Marsh was one of five guests of the Navy invited aboard for tours, observation of flight deck operations, dinner with the commanding officer and an overnight.’
    • ‘When I was in the military, my commanding officer would issue orders to his troops, if you carried them out as instructed, you were a good soldier!’
    • ‘Taken aback, she stammeringly asked them, ‘Are you sure your commanding officer sent you to the right address?’’
    • ‘The findings will go to the commanding officer.’
    • ‘The captain left the army in 1998 after his commanding officer described him as having a ‘arrogant and cavalier attitude towards young soldiers’.’
    • ‘A commanding officer sentenced him to 35 days in jail.’
    • ‘He served with the Regiment's 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany and was the battalion's commanding officer from 1989 to 1991.’
    • ‘Your commanding officers will not take kindly to your disregard to authority.’
    • ‘A specific procedure to ensure formal handover of responsibility by commanding officers for actions on decisions by investigating authorities.’
    • ‘In the military, the commanding officer must be certain that his or her command will be strictly followed.’
    • ‘Instead, your company receives orders from a commanding officer - you act as an influential member of that team, but you're hardly the only active agent.’
    • ‘One of the guards says in 10 months there, he never saw the commanding officer, that's General Karpinski, who was also in charge of this other prison.’
    • ‘Finally, soldiers must also be protected from ‘official tyranny,’ or the will of their commanding officers.’
    • ‘He was hauled before his commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel James Stevenson, and summarily dismissed.’
    • ‘Owen had served in the army and was commanding officer of the military hospital.’
    • ‘I would not be in favor of seeing another commanding officer in charge of the military.’
    • ‘But his commanding officers in the desert know that if they do something like that, they will be personally held responsible for war crimes after the war is over.’
    • ‘She will be back in uniform pursuing her ‘other life’ - as a commanding officer in the California Army National Guard.’
    1. 1.1 (of an advantage or position) controlling; superior.
      ‘a commanding 13-6 lead’
      • ‘By half time Comer were in a commanding 20-6 lead.’
      • ‘The Selects took a commanding 4-1 lead into the third.’
      • ‘Kate, superior to all the other anchors, swells a commanding lead after just one lap, and doubles it with her piston-stroke off the pool wall.’
      • ‘India also took a commanding 3-lead in the final set, but Japan fought back to make it 5-5.’
      • ‘She had a commanding lead, and it narrowed, and then she won convincingly, so it was good news for Republicans across the board.’
      • ‘President Bush has a commanding lead in the fund-raising race for 2004.’
      • ‘They built up a commanding five-goal lead by the interval.’
      • ‘They were in front from the first end and had a commanding 21-8 lead after 15 ends before their opponents won three ends on the trot.’
      • ‘He did not question their character, as he had on previous occasions, but he could not conceal his dismay at the way they defended after finding themselves in a commanding lead 10 minutes before half time.’
      • ‘Emly had a commanding lead of seven points at half-time.’
      • ‘China proved to be the stronger side at the semi-finals stage as the Chinese shuttlers took a commanding lead of 3-0 by defeating Hong Kong on Wednesday.’
      • ‘They had enough early possession to have built up a commanding lead but didn't take their chances and found themselves 8-5 down at the interval.’
      • ‘It appears that the Democratic presidential candidate tonight has taken a commanding lead in the race for his party's presidential nomination.’
      • ‘He really stepped on the gas racing up the far side where he held a commanding lead.’
      • ‘It also puts the site in a commanding position for future projects.’
      • ‘They care about what they consider their way of life, their power, their commanding position in world affairs.’
      • ‘Partial results show them with a commanding lead.’
      • ‘In fact, Mac took a commanding 21-2 lead into the recess.’
      • ‘His third was supplied by Gray to put his team in a commanding 4-1 lead.’
      • ‘John Edwards says he's undaunted by John Kerry's commanding lead.’
      dominant, dominating, controlling, superior, powerful, prominent, advantageous, favourable, preferable, more desirable, most desirable
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    2. 1.2 Indicating or expressing authority; imposing.
      ‘a man of commanding presence’
      ‘her style is commanding’
      • ‘As on the Westminster stage he has a commanding presence among the assorted collection of European heads of government and their respective finance ministers.’
      • ‘He was a stately man, and had a commanding presence.’
      • ‘In the earliest cosmologies, man placed himself in a commanding position at the centre of the universe.’
      • ‘But this one has a commanding shape and presence.’
      • ‘With such a commanding presence, it's unfortunate that the script did not accommodate a few more scenes for this great character actor.’
      • ‘Not only a commanding physical presence, the former WWE wrestling champion brings a gratifying level of depth and humanity to the role first seen on the screen in 1973.’
      • ‘She stood next to Mother with a commanding presence.’
      • ‘Often glancing at the magistrates, Dumas was a commanding presence with a flair for the dramatic.’
      • ‘Kent bellowed in his commanding military voice, having followed in his father's footsteps.’
      • ‘Despite her small size, the child has a commanding presence.’
      • ‘You are not easily intimidated - and you have a commanding, awe-inspiring presence.’
      • ‘His commanding voice and presence is always welcome on screen.’
      • ‘She possessed a commanding stature, with a very quick, expressive face.’
      • ‘He couldn't help but notice the Lady's commanding presence.’
      • ‘If the oil painting legend assumed a commanding place in the Romantic imagination, the accounts of writers and artists necessarily diverged.’
      • ‘He had a great personality and a commanding presence.’
      • ‘The United States today retains a commanding military edge over all other nations.’
      • ‘He has a commanding presence, demanding attention and respect, and an image (glasses, suit and hat) that hasn't changed much in 30 years.’
      • ‘Speer admires Hitler to the point of hero-worship and Walker plays him as a gregarious, personable genius with a commanding presence and a quick wit.’
      • ‘I believe with the addition of a creative midfielder and a commanding centre half this team has every chance of making the play-offs.’
      authoritative, masterful, assertive, confident, firm, emphatic, insistent, imperative, imposing, impressive
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    3. 1.3 (of a place or position) dominating physically; giving a wide view.
      ‘a commanding position looking out over the sea’
      • ‘This position would give them a commanding view of the main doors to the hangar as well as the rest of the airfield.’
      • ‘We've probably got one of the best suites in the place actually - we're on the 14th floor with a commanding view of the city.’
      • ‘Spacious up front, if a little crowded in the back, the car has a high seating position which means that you get a very commanding view all around.’
      • ‘At its westernmost tip, the most commanding position of the site offers a fine panoramic view of the harbor and beyond.’
      • ‘With a commanding view of the surrounding area, the monastery has many treasures.’
      • ‘Apartment buildings overlook it, but they are not the luxury units one might expect with such a commanding view of the waterway.’
      • ‘The new hide here is far from that - built from Welsh Oak in a distinctive heron shape, it stands on stilts in one of the lakes, providing visitors with a commanding position from which to view the birdlife.’
      • ‘The choir of around a dozen were placed up in the gallery, with a commanding view over the rest of the chapel.’
      • ‘The university occupies the highest hill in Bethlehem with a commanding view and also happens to overlook an Israeli fortified position opposite Rachel's Tomb.’
      • ‘It sits up high providing a commanding view of the road.’
      • ‘The property has a commanding view of the surrounding hinterland as well and this mixes quite well with the garden.’
      • ‘A headquarters was needed and the position of the castle with its commanding views over the bridge and along the river itself made Dundas the natural candidate.’
      • ‘The car has certainly proved itself as a worthy mileage machine, the high seating position offering a commanding view of the road.’
      • ‘No other restaurant in New Jersey looks out over such a commanding view.’
      • ‘This sink location, which offers a commanding view of the family room area, is also a plus when you have small children who still require constant supervision.’
      • ‘This raised seat height also provides a commanding view of the road ahead allowing potential hazards to be recognised and reacted to sooner than might be the case in a conventional small car.’
      • ‘It is beautiful and has a commanding view of the Han River and its surrounding parks.’
      • ‘Built overlooking the valley, it holds a commanding view of the area and is a spectacular sight.’
      • ‘The driving position is good, giving a commanding view of the road ahead.’
      • ‘These stations were sited on commanding terrain or on platforms built for the purpose.’

Pronunciation

commanding

/kəˈmandiNG//kəˈmændɪŋ/