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Definition of "commandeer" [com•man•deer]

  • To force into military service. (verb-transitive)
  • To seize for military use; confiscate. (verb-transitive)
  • To take arbitrarily or by force. See Synonyms at appropriate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "commandeer" in a sentence
  • "In February, the Achenbaums sued Credit Suisse's Column Financial unit for wrongful termination in Miami-Dade County circuit court, alleging among other things that Column took steps to "commandeer" the hotel, replacing them with a hotel operator whose inexperience will "inevitably result in inferior services.""
  • "But neither can the federal government force California to keep similar drug laws on its own books, nor to "commandeer" state agencies to enforce federal drug laws."
  • "So, can local governments "commandeer" the time of private citizens for jury duty?"