com·​mand·​ing | \ kə-ˈman-diŋ How to pronounce commanding (audio) \

Definition of commanding

1 : drawing attention or priority a commanding presence
2 : difficult to overcome a commanding lead

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Other Words from commanding

commandingly \ kə-​ˈman-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce commandingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of commanding in a Sentence

He has a very commanding voice. She holds a commanding lead in the polls. Our team was in a commanding position as the game neared its end. The castle is in a commanding position at the top of the hill. The hill provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside.
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Recent Examples on the Web

With Apple’s chips already attaining a commanding lead in smartphones and tablets, the company is said to be looking toward putting them inside of Macs within the next couple years. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple hires key ARM engineer in race to ditch Intel," 26 June 2019 After grabbing a commanding lead in the first mile, Rottich didn’t see another racer until nearly the final mile, when the marathon course converged with the half-marathon course. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Caroline Kurgat smashes Mayor’s half marathon record," 23 June 2019 The Marlins had the opportunity to take a commanding lead with the bases loaded and just one out, but were unable to take advantage as Lopez and Curtis Granderson both were struck out. Christian Simmons,, "Cooper again propels Marlins as Miami edges Pirates 4-3," 16 June 2019 Tom Nunn retraces the footsteps of his father, a commanding officer of the 507th Paratrooper Infantry Regiment who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. Karina Bland, azcentral, "His father wouldn't talk about D-Day. The son had to know the story," 16 June 2019 If an allegation is sustained, a commanding officer recommends discipline. Mark Puente,, "All-civilian panels could decide LAPD misconduct cases starting June 13," 4 June 2019 Direction of a Musical Rachel Chavkin has a commanding lead for Best Direction of a Musical, which likely won’t come as a surprise to anyone. Ben Zauzmer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Awards: Predicting the Musical Winners Using Math," 7 June 2019 The bill, which introduces tax incentives and cuts red tape, passed the National Assembly early Saturday, where Mr. Macron’s party has a commanding majority, and now heads to the Senate for debate. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French Lawmakers Approve Steps to Speed Restoration of Notre Dame," 10 May 2019 Usually, earlier-voting states winnow the field to one candidate who has a commanding lead by the time Pennsylvania votes. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Surprise? Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary could be competitive," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of commanding

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jul 2019

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The first known use of commanding was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of commanding

: having a powerful or important quality that attracts attention, respect, etc.
: very likely to result in victory in a race, competition, etc.
: allowing you to see an area very well

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