commanding officer


Definition of commanding officer

: an officer in command especially : an officer in the armed forces in command of an organization or installation

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Examples of commanding officer in a Sentence

He reported the incident to his commanding officer. reported directly to the fort's commanding officer
Recent Examples on the Web Tamara Lawrence said that Rear Adm. Collin Green relieved the SEAL Team's commanding officer, Cdr. Fox News, "Navy SEAL Team leaders fired amid sex assault, drinking allegations that led to removal from Iraq," 7 Sep. 2019 According to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries, the ship's prospective commanding officer, Capt. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the Future Carrier USS Kennedy Get Its Island," 3 June 2019 Sean Bailey, the carrier’s commanding officer, wrote in the announcement. Gerren Keith Gaynor, Fox News, "3 sailors assigned to USS George H.W. Bush commit suicide in same week," 24 Sep. 2019 Needless to say, the gun-toting teenage paradise of the Monos cannot last forever, and eventually the teenagers start to turn both on one another and on their commanding officers. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Monos Is a Creepy and Dreamy Spin on Lord of the Flies," 19 Sep. 2019 People in Fox Town, on Little Abaco Island, had been totally cut off until a British ship, RFA Mounts Bay, arrived to deliver water, food rations, emergency shelter kits and hygiene kits, said its commanding officer, Captain Robert Anders. Paula Newton, CNN, "They came to enjoy paradise. Now, they're helping their Bahamian neighbors recover from Dorian's wrath," 11 Sep. 2019 Afton Williamson, who portrayed Nolan’s commanding officer and mentor Talia Bishop throughout season 1, is noticeably absent from these photos. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Exclusive: See Nathan Fillion face new dangers in The Rookie season 2 trailer," 3 Sep. 2019 The sentence will not go into effect until it is approved by the commanding officer overseeing the court-martial. Washington Post, "War crimes court-martial ends with Navy SEAL walking free," 4 July 2019 The bodies were found on the bank of the Nelson River, said Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP. Elizabeth Joseph And Steve Almasy, CNN, "Canada authorities believe they have found bodies of suspects in killings," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of commanding officer

1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of commanding officer was in 1720

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30 Nov 2019

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“Commanding officer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of commanding officer

: an officer who is in charge of a group of people in the military or of a military camp or base

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