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[kom-uh n-deer] /ˌkɒm ənˈdɪər/
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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  • They've commandeered swim platforms, fouled docks with fishy vomit, and kept nearby residents up all night with incessant barking.
  • Theory is another one that is in the process of being commandeered by non-scientists.
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  • Five smaller craft were boarded and commandeered without violence.
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  • And the less use an urban space gets, the more likely it is to be commandeered for antisocial or criminal pursuits.
  • They sealed off parts of the house and commandeered the family's cars.
  • The attackers commandeered cars and set them ablaze as barricades.
  • Moving crews tried to hurry out each day before drug dealers commandeered the elevators.
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British Dictionary definitions for commandeered


verb (transitive)
to seize for public or military use
to seize arbitrarily
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command
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Word Origin and History for commandeered



1881, from Dutch (especially Afrikaans) kommandeeren "to command" (for military service), from French commander (see command (v.)). Related: Commandeered; commandeering.

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