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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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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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 With Ronaldo gone, Madrid fans will look elsewhere for a new favourite and Bale, despite often being maligned so far in his La Liga career, could become that man with some commanding performances., "Gareth Bale 'Likely to Stay at Real Madrid' Despite Man Utd Interest Following Ronaldo Sale," 11 July 2018 At 78, Anderson looks and sounds the part of an éminence grise, with an ample white beard and a commanding basso profundo. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Trump has taken keen interest in the pageantry of the day, insisting the pictures beamed around the world reflect a commanding leader making a decisive, world-altering move. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump, Kim set to meet for historic summit," 11 June 2018 Also known as farmhouse ales, this category has a commanding foreman in Red Barn (6.7 percent alcohol by volume). Peter Rowe,, "Is the world still coming to the San Diego International Beer Festival?," 24 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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