commanding officer


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

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 As the commanding officer, Sentsov rushed back to shore up his unit’s defenses with more troops and supplies, but a small detachment of Ukrainian soldiers was cut off at a position code-named Real. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 24 June 2024 The plans were approved by the commanding officer of the Northern Command and the head of the Operations Directorate during a joint situational assessment to prepare for the continuation of combat, the IDF said in a statement. Mostafa Salem, CNN, 19 June 2024 Montgomery Clift plays a principled bugler who suffers abuse for his unwillingness to join the camp’s boxing team, starring opposite Burt Lancaster as a world-weary desk sergeant whose affair with his commanding officer’s wife (Deborah Kerr) threatens to undo his career. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 26 May 2024 Loughman, who has been serving as interim colonel since November, 2023, has been a state police trooper for 18 years and served as the commanding officer of the Office for Professional Standards and Training. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 15 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for commanding officer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of commanding officer was in 1720

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“Commanding officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

commanding officer

: an officer having charge of a military or naval unit, organization, or base
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