- To commandeer is to take possession or control of something, or to take control of something for a military or law-enforcement purpose, or to make someone help you.
- When you take over the kitchen at someone else's house without permission because you think you are a better cook, this is an example of when you commandeer the kitchen.
- When the police are chasing a suspect and they take your vehicle to do so, this is an example of when they commandeer your vehicle.
- When you convince someone to help you plan a wedding even if he doesn't want to, this is an example of when you commandeer his help.
- to force into military service
- to seize (property) for military or government use
- Informal to take forcibly
Origin of commandeerDutch kommandeeren, to command, (esp. Afrik) to commandeer ; from Old French comander, command
transitive verbcom·man·deered, com·man·deer·ing, com·man·deers
- To seize for military or police use; confiscate.
- To take arbitrarily or by force: “He was at Columbia when students commandeered buildings and the police sprayed the protesters with tear gas” (Gary Rivlin). See Synonyms at appropriate.
- To force into military service.
Origin of commandeerAfrikaans kommandeer, from early Modern Dutch commanderen, from French commander, to command, from Old French comander; see command.