com·​mand·​ing | \kə-ˈman-diŋ \

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 \ 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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Mark Torre, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s bomb squad] explained. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "How police use a ‘total containment vessel’ to haul away explosive devices," 24 Oct. 2018 Rezidenza Amblingh, set in an 18th-century mansion in the historical center of Vasto, has five smart rooms, two with commanding views of the Adriatic. David Farley, WSJ, "Where to Feast on Italy’s Freshest Seafood? These Historic Piers," 10 July 2018 The theater-style reclining rear bench allows passengers to have a commanding view of their surroundings. Malcolm Gunn,, "2018 Lexus NX," 28 June 2018 Located on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river, the Four Seasons Nile Plaza has commanding views of both the Nile and the Citadel. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 In any event, the film is still hilarious, though time has dimmed the luster of Lemmon's hamming in favor of James Cagney's superbly psychotic commanding officer. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Crime / Dance / Film / On Video / Small Screen James Cagney is more than just a tough-guy as FilmStruck's Star of the Week," 3 July 2018 Javier Garcia, the commanding officer of Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2, presented Harman with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his heroism. Melissa Nelson Gabriel, ajc, "Marine honored for saving toddler's life," 2 July 2018 The Navy has also pressed charges against multiple sailors on the USS McCain, including its commanding officer, Cmdr. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 Neat touches, crucial interceptions and a commanding voice in the middle of the park are the features that a modern day captain must possess, and Chalobah has it all at the age of just 23., "Watford Midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah Has Everything it Takes to Be the Future Club Captain," 15 May 2018

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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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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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