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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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British Dictionary definitions for commandeering

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 commandeering

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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