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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The bill, which introduces tax incentives and cuts red tape, passed the National Assembly early Saturday, where Mr. Macron’s party has a commanding majority, and now heads to the Senate for debate. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French Lawmakers Approve Steps to Speed Restoration of Notre Dame," 10 May 2019 Usually, earlier-voting states winnow the field to one candidate who has a commanding lead by the time Pennsylvania votes. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Surprise? Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary could be competitive," 25 Mar. 2019 Netflix has a commanding lead, with more than 58 million domestic subscribers at the end of the year and close to 81 million more abroad. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Hulu Ad Campaign Spells Out That Its Influencers Get Paid," 15 Feb. 2019 When Stephen Ho went to replace a 1995 Toyota Camry sedan in December, a priority was a vehicle with a more commanding view of the road. Mike Colias, WSJ, "America Has Fallen Out of Love With the Sedan," 25 Aug. 2018 The Colombian attacker hit 11 goals in 31 Serie A appearances for Sampdoria last term and may have provided a commanding presence to lead Chelsea’s currently unconvincing attack., "Chelsea Miss Out on Colombian Attacker to Atalanta Despite Him Being Offered to Conte's Side," 11 July 2018 Updated on Tuesday, November 6, at 7:40 p.m.: The first race call of the night from the Associated Press came in Kentucky, where Republican Harold Rogers jumped out to a commanding lead shortly after polls closed at 6:00 p.m. in parts of the state. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "2018 Midterm Congressional Election Results: Which Party Is Winning the House and the Senate?," 7 Nov. 2018 Cantwell, the incumbent Democrat, held a commanding lead in early Tuesday returns in Washington state's U.S. Senate primary. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell to face Susan Hutchison in November," 7 Aug. 2018 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

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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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