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commanding

[kuh-man-ding, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn dɪŋ, -ˈmɑn-/
adjective
1.
being in command:
a commanding officer.
2.
appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable:
a commanding position; a commanding lead in the final period.
3.
having the air, tone, etc., of command; imposing; authoritative:
a man of commanding appearance; a commanding voice.
4.
dominating by position, usually elevation; overlooking:
a commanding bluff at the mouth of the river.
5.
(of a view, or prospect) provided by a commanding location and so permitting dominance:
a commanding view of the mouth of the river.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; command + -ing2
Related forms
commandingly, adverb
commandingness, noun
quasi-commanding, adjective
quasi-commandingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for commandingly

commanding

/kəˈmɑːndɪŋ/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
being in command
2.
having the air of authority: a commanding voice
3.
(of a position, situation, etc) exerting control
4.
(of a height, viewpoint, etc) overlooking; advantageous
Derived Forms
commandingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for commandingly

commanding

adj.

late 15c. (in astronomy), present participle adjective from command (v.). Meaning "nobly dignified" is from 1590s. Meaning "dominant by virtue of size or position" is from 1630s. Related: Commandingly (mid-15c.).

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