com·​mand·​ing kə-ˈman-diŋ How to pronounce commanding (audio)
: drawing attention or priority
a commanding presence
: difficult to overcome
a commanding lead
commandingly 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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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of commanding was in 1591

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“Commanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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