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 commanding (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 The Knights trailed 14-8 and reeled off 15 straight points to take a commanding 23-14 lead. Craig Clary,, 9 Sep. 2021 Overall, the United States has a commanding 26-14 lead in the Ryder Cup, which dates to 1927, although Europe has won nine of the last 12 competitions. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 With 11 games left, Rising, now 13-3-5 and, own a commanding 11-point lead over second-place San Diego Loyal. Arizona Republic, The Arizona Republic, 6 Sep. 2021 Boxberger is one of many unsung heroes who has helped Milwaukee take a commanding lead in the NL Central and seemingly a lock for a franchise-record fourth consecutive postseason appearance. Andrew Wagner, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The Valkyries jumped out to a commanding 17-7 lead in Set 2, but nearly gave it away. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 25 Aug. 2021 The poll showed Woodfin with a commanding lead of 52 percent. al, 22 Aug. 2021 Among older, working-class voters of color who live south of the parkway, Mr. Adams held a commanding lead. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Schleu had a commanding lead going into the show jumping but with each refusal the German's frustration grew. NBC News, 7 Aug. 2021

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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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“Commanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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