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commanding

adjective uk   /kəˈmɑːn.dɪŋ/ us    /-ˈmæn-/

commanding adjective (WITH AUTHORITY)

[before noun] having the authority to give orders: a commanding officer describes a voice or manner that seems to have authority and therefore demands your attention: his commanding presence

commanding adjective (STRONG POSITION)

[before noun] in a very successful position and likely to win or succeed: He has a commanding lead in the championships.
a commanding position/view formal a position or view from which a lot of land can be seen: The house occupies a commanding position at the top of the valley.
(Definition of commanding from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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