Meaning of commandeer in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɒmənˈdɪə/

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[with object]
  • 1Officially take possession or control of (something), especially for military purposes.

    ‘a nearby house had been commandeered by the army’
    • ‘It reopened to the public… after it was commandeered two years ago for a US military base.’
    • ‘Chandler and his control team were commandeering juggernauts to block off the dock piers one at a time.’
    • ‘These laws already give police sweeping powers to take control of services and commandeer buildings and equipment.’
    • ‘It used this influx of cash to help build up its war-machine, it commandeered aid vehicles for its own purposes and, by diverting aid supplies, helped feed its armies…’
    • ‘The house and the estate owned by the Cracroft Wilson family was commandeered by the U.S. army.’
    • ‘‘THE Army and police will commandeer coaches and trains to move hundreds of thousands of Londoners out of the city in the event of a massive terrorist attack’.’
    • ‘For our ride back down the mountain, we were able to commandeer a covered jeep to carry a few of our more beleaguered compatriots, but the rest of us begrudgingly climbed back into the rear of our now-notorious truck.’
    • ‘She remembered when Syrup and she had been recruits in the army, learning the basics of war and commandeering a ship together.’
    • ‘The People's Liberation Army could commandeer an enormous range of civilian assets that would contribute directly to its capabilities.’
    • ‘Expect troops to be sent across picket lines to commandeer the red fire engines.’
    • ‘Oliver Cromwell commandeered the school for his military government in Scotland, and is even reputed to have fired on Edinburgh Castle from the grounds in 1650 before turning it into a military hospital.’
    • ‘After waiting hours, they learned government officials had commandeered their buses to evacuate others.’
    • ‘The army was checking reports that troops had commandeered a house inside Zone A territory.’
    • ‘It reopened to the public yesterday after it was commandeered two years ago for a US military base.’
    • ‘What other company director, though, can pick up a telephone and commandeer the back pages of the next day's newspapers?’
    • ‘They will be given the authority to enlist any member of the public to help civil defence staff and to commandeer equipment or strategic buildings.’
    • ‘The Union campaign was going to commandeer wagons to haul their supplies but found fewer than 50 wagons in the entire valley.’
    • ‘There were, for example, many local officials around the country who commandeered transport to bring voters to polling stations.’
    • ‘Others have not be able to return to their land and houses that have been commandeered by the military as High Security Zones.’
    • ‘In the case of a political crisis or a state of war, the government can commandeer state-owned aircraft, although on this occasion it was a request.’
    seize, take, take possession of, take away, requisition, appropriate, expropriate, sequestrate, sequester, confiscate, annex, take over, claim, lay claim to, pre-empt, secure
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    1. 1.1Take possession of (something) by force.
      ‘the truck was commandeered by a mob’
      • ‘So, after some plotting, the pair commandeer an ice cream truck and hit the road with granny chilling in the freezer.’
      • ‘On January 8, 1880, a group of over 150 miners commandeered a train and forced the conductor to take them to Hawks Nest without pay.’
      • ‘The second incident occurred on the same day when a vehicle was commandeered by a group of nine refugees who forced their way into the vehicle.’
      • ‘Elizabeth's childhood friend, Will Turner, joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet.’
      • ‘The pickup driver complied with the police order, but quickly fled from the truck, pulled out a handgun and commandeered a passing 2003 Toyota Corolla with two occupants.’
      • ‘Striking workers and the local population have commandeered over three dozen oil wells to force negotiations for a bigger share of oil revenues.’
      • ‘Truck bombs, commandeering of commercial aircraft, and credit card fraud appear to have been the primary tools used by those who have done us great harm.’
      • ‘First he gets kicked out of two different militaries, then he illegally commandeers an army base, and then he loses the capitol of the world.’
      • ‘For make no mistake, terrorism is the enemy of the state, out to destroy the state or to commandeer it for evil purposes.’
      • ‘Chechen hijackers commandeered a Russian passenger jet to Turkey in protest.’
      • ‘Hijackers commandeered four passenger jets.’
      • ‘A power utility manager was kidnapped along with two guards, by armed men who commandeered their car, tribal agency officials said.’
      • ‘Mumbling and spewing obscenities as he staggered about the stage - which he had commandeered by threatening to beat up the previous M.C.’
      • ‘They had all this food they commandeered from the local people.’
      take, take for oneself, help oneself to, use as one's own, abscond with, carry off, appropriate, commandeer, abstract
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    2. 1.2with object and infinitive Enlist (someone) to help in a task.
      ‘he commandeered the men to find a table’
      • ‘But her enthusiastic account of the local food scene made such an impression on programme producer David Pritchard that he commandeered her for part of the film.’
      • ‘But after I told Neil I had been a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games and done boxing reporting he immediately commandeered me to do more work.’
      • ‘The limousine driver was exactly where we left him, and I commandeered him to drive us to my place.’
      • ‘The little girls in school with him played princess, and they would commandeer him because he was nice and he would go along with it, and make him into their frog-prince, or, more often, the big-bad-wolf.’
      • ‘They want to be able to say that they did not commandeer us, but they know that they can trust us not to be really impartial.’
      • ‘Everyone is commandeered for the task of kepping Tibet alive until our homeland is restored’
      • ‘As we waited for the Federal attack through a cold, dense fog, I was commandeered by General A.P. Hill to act as a courier for him as well as General Stuart.’
      • ‘Instead, he commandeers a couple of people who are at an even lower level than himself, people he can lead, raise up to his level and, if necessary, then reject.’
      • ‘There is a New York City cop who lost friends in the attack and who has been commandeered to accompany people on these boat rides, three times a day.’
      • ‘To keep supplies and equipment flowing into the theater, local laborers were hired and combat troops were commandeered to offload ships.’
      • ‘The ministry should take the lead to commandeer the general public to clean up public places like schools, bars, markets and taverns which form the core of a high-risk reference point before the rains.’
      • ‘Local Afghan truck drivers were commandeered to transport between 200 and 300 prisoners in each container.’


Early 19th century from Afrikaans kommandeer, from Dutch commanderen, from French commander ‘to command’ (see command).