com·mand·ing / kəˈmanding/ • adj. (in military contexts) having a position of authority: a commanding officer. ∎ (of an advantage or position) controlling; superior: a commanding 13-6 lead. ∎ indicating or expressing authority; imposing. ∎ (of a place or position) dominating physically; giving a wide view: a commanding position looking out over the sea.DERIVATIVES: com·mand·ing·ly adv.