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)
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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