Commandeer meaning

kŏm'ən-dîr'
To seize for military or police use; confiscate.
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To seize (property) for military or government use.
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To take forcibly.
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To take arbitrarily or by force.
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To force into military service.
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To force into military service.
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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.

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To take arbitrarily or by force.
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To force into military service.
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Origin of commandeer

  • Afrikaans kommandeer from early Modern Dutch commanderen from French commander to command from Old French comander command
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition