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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.