Simple Definition of commandeer
: to take (something, such as a vehicle or building) by force especially for military purposes
Full Definition of commandeer
1 a : to compel to perform military service b : to seize for military purposes
2 : to take arbitrary or forcible possession of
Examples of commandeer
The soldiers commandeered civilian vehicles to help transport the injured.
<an airliner commandeered by terrorists>
Origin of commandeer
Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command, from Old French comander
First Known Use: 1881
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