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English definition of “commanding”

commanding

adjective (WITH AUTHORITY)    /kəˈmɑːn.dɪŋ/ US  /-ˈmæn-/
[before noun] having the authority to give orders: a commanding officerGiving orders and commands describes a voice or manner that seems to have authority and therefore demands your attention: his commanding presenceControlling and being in charge
(Definition of commanding adjective (WITH AUTHORITY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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