verb (used with object)
to order or force into active military service.
to seize (private property) for military or other public use: The police officer commandeered a taxi and took off after the getaway car.
to seize arbitrarily.

1880–85; < Afrikaans kommandeer < French commander to command Unabridged
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commandeer (ˌkɒmənˈdɪə)
1.  to seize for public or military use
2.  to seize arbitrarily
[C19: from Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command]

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Word Origin & History

1881, from Du. (esp. Afrikaans) kommandeeren "to command" (for military service), from Fr. commander (see command).
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Example sentences
The police were so outgunned that they had to commandeer high-powered rifles
  from a local gun shop.
More sophisticated pirates are usually members of organized gangs that may
  commandeer ships and hold crews for ransom.
The parasites can even commandeer blood cells to help aid their survival.
The detailed images of alien vistas, after one pores over them for days or
  weeks, commandeer the imagination.
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