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1       adj   If you are in a commanding position or situation, you are in a strong or powerful position or situation.  
usu ADJ n  
Right now you're in a more commanding position than you have been for ages..., The French vessel has a commanding lead.     
2       adj   If you describe someone as commanding, you mean that they are powerful and confident.,   (approval)    (=authoritative)  
Lovett was a tall, commanding man with a waxed gray mustache..., The voice at the other end of the line was serious and commanding.     

commanding officer        ( commanding officers    plural  ) A commanding officer is an officer who is in charge of a military unit.      n-count  
He got permission from his commanding officer to join me.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    advantageous, controlling, decisive, dominant, dominating, superior  
2    assertive, authoritative, autocratic, compelling, forceful, imposing, impressive, peremptory  
   retiring, shrinking, shy, submissive, timid, unassertive, unimposing, weak  

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