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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Biden, who has a commanding lead in the polls, was the main target of the nine other candidates onstage, who picked at his record on immigration, criminal justice reform and climate change. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, "CNN’s ratings rise to 10.7 million viewers for Round 2 of Democratic debate," 1 Aug. 2019 There was little to alter the dynamics of the race, in which Biden has a commanding lead. Dana Milbank, The Mercury News, "Milbank: Biden was gloriously adequate in second Democratic debate," 1 Aug. 2019 Jurgen Klopp's side threw away a commanding lead following a defeat to City to miss out on a first league title for 29 years., "Raheem Sterling Admits He Was Happy to See Liverpool Win the Champions League," 27 July 2019 Since his entry in the race in late April, former Vice President Joe Biden has maintained a commanding lead in most national and early state polls. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Democrats take first swipes, highlight their differences in first night of debate," 26 June 2019 Johnson has a commanding lead after three rounds of voting that cut the list from an initial 10 contenders. Washington Post, "UK Tories to pick final 2 contenders for prime minister," 21 June 2019 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

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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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