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commandeer

verb com·man·deer \ˌkä-mən-ˈdir\

: to take (something, such as a vehicle or building) by force especially for military purposes

Full Definition of COMMANDEER

transitive verb
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

  1. The soldiers commandeered civilian vehicles to help transport the injured.
  2. <an airliner commandeered by terrorists>

Origin of COMMANDEER

Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command, from Old French comander
First Known Use: 1881

Related to COMMANDEER

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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