adjective Date: 1591 1. drawing attention or priority <
a commanding presence
2. difficult to overcome <
a commanding lead
commandingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • commanding — [kə man′diŋ, kəmän′diŋ] vt., vi. prp. of COMMAND adj. 1. having authority; controlling or dominating 2. impressive, esp. in a dignified or imperial way 3. controlling or dominating by position [a commanding hilltop] 4. very large [a commanding… …   English World dictionary

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  • commanding — [adj] superior, authoritative advantageous, arresting, assertive, autocratic, bossy, compelling, controlling, decisive, dictatorial, dominant, dominating, forceful, imperious, imposing, impressive, in charge, lofty, peremptory, striking; concepts …   New thesaurus

  • commanding — [[t]kəmɑ͟ːndɪŋ, mæ̱nd [/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you are in a commanding position or situation, you are in a strong or powerful position or situation. Right now you re in a more commanding position than you have been for ages... The French …   English dictionary

  • commanding — commandingly, adv. commandingness, n. /keuh man ding, mahn /, adj. 1. being in command: a commanding officer. 2. appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable: a commanding position; a commanding lead in the final period. 3. having the air,… …   Universalium

  • commanding — adjective 1 having the authority or position that allows you to give orders: a commanding officer | Japan s commanding economic position 2 making people respect and obey you: Papa s commanding presence 3 a commanding view or position is one from… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • commanding — UK [kəˈmɑːndɪŋ] / US [kəˈmændɪŋ] adjective 1) powerful and impressive his commanding voice/presence 2) a commanding view or a commanding position allows you to see all around you a hill with a commanding view of the valley below 3) making it… …   English dictionary

  • commanding — com|mand|ing [kəˈma:ndıŋ US kəˈmæn ] adj 1.) [only before noun] having the authority or position that allows you to give orders ▪ a commanding officer 2.) having the confidence to make people respect and obey you used to show approval ▪ Papa s… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • commanding — com|mand|ing [ kə mændıŋ ] adjective 1. ) powerful and impressive: his commanding voice/presence 2. ) allowing you to see all around you: a hill with a commanding view of the valley below 3. ) making it likely that you will win something such as… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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