commanding officer

noun
Army. a commander of any rank from second lieutenant to colonel.

Origin:
1790–1800

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commanding officer
 
n
an officer in command of a military unit

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Example sentences
If a commanding officer thinks the software is correct, he'll send a patrol ahead of time to catch the criminal red-handed.
After one incident, my commanding officer told me that he was ultimately responsible.
Service will not be made within the command without the commanding officer's consent.
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