Commandeer Definition

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To seize (property) for military or government use.
Webster's New World
To force into military service.
Webster's New World
To take forcibly.
Webster's New World
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.

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

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