- 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 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.
- 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.