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 a flurry of big plays, North Jackson (3-1, 2-1 in Region 7) capitalized on five Madison Academy (4-0, 3-0) turnovers to build a commanding 22-point halftime lead. al, "Madison Academy erases 22-point deficit, rallies to top North Jackson 36-32," 19 Sep. 2020 With four games left in the regular season, Phoenix Rising FC will look to gain a commanding lead over Group B at home against second place San Diego Loyal SC this Saturday. Lorenzino Estrada, The Arizona Republic, "Rising FC looks to widen lead in USL Championship standings," 17 Sep. 2020 Quarterback Erick Hebauf threw for a pair of touchdown passes and Ben Riggins caught one of them and returned an interception for a second score to build a commanding 17-0 first-half lead. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana high school football roundup: Week 4 scores, statistics and highlights," 12 Sep. 2020 But McCormick’s kill and three points off her ensuing serves allowed Northshore to regain a commanding lead at 12-7. Mike Pervel,, "Northshore starts fast, opens its season with straight-set win over Lakeshore," 10 Sep. 2020 Hamilton looked to be in cruise control from the start after building a commanding lead at the front of the pack in the opening few laps. Matias Grez, CNN, "Pierre Gasly claims maiden F1 victory in topsy-turvy Italian Grand Prix," 6 Sep. 2020 Brown and the Celtics could have taken a commanding 3-0 series lead and effectively ended the Raptors' title defense. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Celtics' Jaylen Brown calls defense on Raptors' game-winning shot 'a (expletive) disgrace'," 5 Sep. 2020 Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat snatched a narrow victory and took a commanding 2-0 series lead in Game 2, so the Milwaukee Bucks coming into tonight’s Game 3 with their backs against the wall and needing a win to keep themselves in contention. oregonlive, "Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks in NBA playoffs Game 3: Score, time, TV channel, odds, how to watch free live stream online," 4 Sep. 2020 With their backs against the wall in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bucks wilted in the fourth quarter while Jimmy Butler surged, carrying the Heat to a 115-100 victory Friday night, giving them a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat 115, Bucks 100: Failure in fourth quarter has Milwaukee on brink of elimination," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of commanding

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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25 Sep 2020

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“Commanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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