Meaning of “commandeer” in the English Dictionary

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"commandeer" in English

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commandeerverb [ T ]

uk /ˌkɒm.ənˈdɪər/ us /ˌkɑː.mənˈdɪr/

Examples from literature

  • He commandeered the weapon in the name of the law. 
  • It has now commandeered all stocks of soap. 
  • It is reported that three large jam factories have been commandeered by the Military. 
  • The Government has commandeered all stocks of rum. 
  • When Thursday morning broke, lines of buyers formed before the stores whose supplies had not been commandeered. 

(Definition of “commandeer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commandeer" in American English

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commandeerverb [ T ]

us /ˌkɑm·ənˈdɪər/

to take possession or control of private property, esp. by force:

Some visitors commandeered outdoor tables on the balcony.

(Definition of “commandeer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)