Definition of commanding
1 : drawing attention or priority a commanding presence
2 : difficult to overcome a commanding lead
commandinglyplay \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.
Recent Examples of commanding from the Web
A commanding officer at Parris Island who was fired for allegations of misconduct in the aftermath of a recruit’s death will face a hearing at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
Though the election is still months out, Merkel’s party has taken a commanding lead in polls.
The blues, traditional country, gospel, jazz and rock all jockeyed for position in his weary, raspy and commanding Georgia drawl.
By Carren Jao Photography by Jay L. Clendenin May 26, 2017 A home on the mountains with a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean is a shame to waste, which is why architect Takashi Yanai took on the remaking of Susan Harbert’s Pacific Palisades home.
Rouhani won a commanding victory: fifty-seven per cent in a four-way race, with seventy-per-cent turnout.
At the end to the mission, on recommendation of the commanding officer, Hockett was commissioned as First Lieutenant…
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First Known Use of commanding
COMMANDING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commanding for English Language Learners
: 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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