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commandeer

[kom-uh n-deer] /ˌkɒm ənˈdɪər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to order or force into active military service.
2.
to seize (private property) for military or other public use:
The police officer commandeered a taxi and took off after the getaway car.
3.
to seize arbitrarily.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Afrikaans kommandeer < French commander to command
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Examples for commandeered
  • 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.
  • The money earmarked for the installation was commandeered when basic construction costs for the arena exceeded the budget.
  • Five smaller craft were boarded and commandeered without violence.
  • Having sold the world on the goodness of greed, so few have commandeered so much that is gifted outright to so many.
  • 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.
  • Most of the participants meet the requirement with industry-owned stocks that can be commandeered in an emergency.
British Dictionary definitions for commandeered

commandeer

/ˌkɒmənˈdɪə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to seize for public or military use
2.
to seize arbitrarily
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command
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Word Origin and History for commandeered

commandeer

v.

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

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