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commandeer

Definition:

to take arbitrarily or by force

Class:

contact verb (touching, hitting, tying, digging, etc.)

Past tense:

commandeered

Present participle:

commandeering

3rd-person singular present:

commandeers

Type of:

seize » take

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

carjack | skyjack

Usage example:

The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami

Synonyms:

highjack | hijack | pirate

Etymology:

Afrikaans kommandeer, from Dutch commanderen, from French commander "to command"...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

commandeer

to seize for public or military use | to seize arbitrarily (10 of 446 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/commandeer

Wikipedia:

Commandeering

an act of appropriation by the military or police whereby they take possession of the property of a member of the public. In United States law, it also refers to federal government actions which would force a state government to take some action that... (44 of 227 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Commandeering

Oxford Dictionary:

commandeer

officially take possession or control of (something), especially for military purposes | take possession of (something) by force | [with object and ... (20 of 92 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/commandeer

Merriam-Webster:

commandeer | hijack [synonym, sense-specific] | carjack [similar, sense-specific] | skyjack [similar, sense-specific] | appropriate [similar, sense-specific] | confiscate [similar, sense-specific] | expropriate [similar, sense-specific] | seize [similar, sense-specific]

to compel to perform military service ; to seize for military purposes | to take arbitrary or forcible possession of (19 of 91 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/commandeer

Macmillan British Dictionary:

commandeer [transitive] | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

to officially take someone's property for military use | to take something that belongs to someone else (16 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/commandeer

American Heritage Dictionary:

commandeer | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

To force into military service. | To seize for military use; confiscate. | To take arbitrarily or by force. (17 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commandeer

Random House Dictionary:

commandeer

to order or force into active military service. | to seize (private property) for military or other public use. | to seize arbitrarily. (21 of 42 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/commandeer

New World Dictionary:

commandeer

to force into military service | to seize (property) for military or government use | [informal] to take forcibly (17 of 33 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commandeer

Cambridge Dictionary:

commandeer

to take possession of or control private property by force or for military use (14 of 20 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/commandeer

Wiktionary:

commandeer | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

To seize for military use. | To force into military service. | To take arbitrarily or by force. (16 of 17 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/commandeer

Britannica Encyclopedia:

hijacking [international law] | highjacking

the illegal seizure of a land vehicle, aircraft, or other conveyance while it's in transit. Although since the late 20th century hijacking most ... (23 of 1082 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/265608​/hijacking

Columbia Encyclopedia:

piracy | buccaneer

robbery committed or attempted on the high seas. It's distinguished from privateering in that the pirate holds no commission from and receives the ... (23 of 174 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0839158​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

commandeer | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

to take something from its owner for official or military purposes | to take or use something, often by force | to force somebody to serve in the ... (26 of 82 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598889​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

commandeer

First use: early 19th century

Origin: Afrikaans kommandeer, from Dutch commanderen, from French commander "to command" (see "command")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/commandeer

American Heritage Dictionary:

commandeer | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander, to command, from Old French comander; see "command".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commandeer

New World Dictionary:

commandeer

Origin: Dutch kommandeeren, to command, (especially Afrikaans) to commandeer from Old French comander, "command"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commandeer

Online Etymology:

commandeer

First use: 1881

Origin: Dutch (especially Afrikaans) kommandeeren "to command" (for military service), from French commander.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=commandeer

Merriam-Webster:

commandeer

First use: 1881

Origin: Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command, from Old French comander

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/commandeer

Collins Dictionary:

commandeer

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander to command

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/commandeer

Encarta Dictionary:

commandeer | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: Afrikaans kommandeer from Dutch kommanderen "to command" from French commander

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598889​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

commandeer

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "commandeer"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/commandeer

Macmillan British Dictionary:

commandeer [transitive] | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "commandeer"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/commandeer

Macmillan American Dictionary:

commandeer [transitive] | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "commandeer"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/commandeer

Cambridge Dictionary:

commandeer

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "commandeer"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "commandeer"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/commandeer

the Free Dictionary:

commandeer

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "commandeer"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "commandeer"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "commandeer" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/commandeer

Google Dictionary:

commandeer | commandeered [past tense] | commandeering [present participle] | commandeers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "commandeer"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

commandeer

Audio: North American pronunciation of "commandeer"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=comman​04 word=commandeer

YourDictionary Audio:

commandeer

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "commandeer" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commandeer

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