commanding


commanding
[[t]kəmɑ͟ːndɪŋ, -mæ̱nd-[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you are in a commanding position or situation, you are in a strong or powerful position or situation.

Right now you're in a more commanding position than you have been for ages...

The French vessel has a commanding lead.

2) ADJ-GRADED (approval) If you describe someone as commanding, you mean that they are powerful and confident.

Lovett was a tall, commanding man with a waxed gray mustache...

The voice at the other end of the line was serious and commanding.

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3) ADJ-GRADED If a building has a commanding position, it is high up and has good views of the surrounding area.

The size of the castle and its commanding position still impress the visitor today...

What other home offers such a commanding view of the capital?

4) See also command

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • commanding — com|mand|ing [ kə mændıŋ ] adjective 1. ) powerful and impressive: his commanding voice/presence 2. ) allowing you to see all around you: a hill with a commanding view of the valley below 3. ) making it likely that you will win something such as… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English