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Definition of "commanding" []

  • Having command; controlling. (adjective)
  • Dominating, as by magnitude or position: took a commanding lead at the polls; a commanding view of the ocean. (adjective)

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 "commanding" in a sentence
  • "In the CW series, Blackwell is described as a commanding, enigmatic and powerful witch with many enemies."
  • "Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top allied commander in Kabul, made his name commanding similar special-operations forces in Iraq and sending them after hundreds of key insurgent and al Qaeda figures."
  • "Santa Clara, the last big city before Havana on the old national highway, is where an Argentine doctor named Ernesto Guevara made his name commanding the guerrilla army that was closest to the capital when Batista fled."