Definition of Commandeer

1. Verb. Take arbitrarily or by force. "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"

Exact synonyms: Highjack, Hijack, Pirate
Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Seize
Specialized synonyms: Skyjack, Carjack
Derivative terms: Highjack, Highjacker, Highjacker, Highjacking, Hijack, Hijacker, Hijacker, Hijacking, Piracy, Pirate

Definition of Commandeer

1. v. t. To compel to perform military service; to seize for military purposes; -- orig. used of the Boers.

Definition of Commandeer

1. Verb. To seize for military use. ¹

2. Verb. To force into military service. ¹

3. Verb. To take arbitrarily or by force. ¹

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Definition of Commandeer

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Commandeer

command module
command overhead
command pattern
command patterns
command performance
command post
command processing overhead
command processing overhead time
command prompt
commandeer (current term)
commander in chief
commanders in chief

Literary usage of Commandeer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Horse in History by Basil Tozer (1908)
"... their horses—Relics of Irish art; what they indicate—Simon de Montfort the first master of foxhounds—The king's right to commandeer horses—Sir Eustace ..."

2. The World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture edited by Michael Vincent O'Shea, Ellsworth D. Foster, George Herbert Locke (1918)
"He was also authorized to commandeer for military or naval purposes existing stocks of whisky held in bond. All importation of distilled liquors was ..."

3. Military Hospitals: Hearings Before the Committee on Public Buildings and by United States Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (1919)
"Could you cooperate with Dr. Stimpson in finding out just how many of these excess military hospitals we can commandeer for you ? ..."

4. Shipping Board Operations by United States Congress. House. Select committee on U. S. Shipping board operations (1920)
"Admiral Capps and Mr. Cotton took the same position, but they took one further step; they said: "We will commandeer everything that is on the ways, ..."

5. Essays on English by Branden Matthews (1921)
"A score of years ago, during the war in South Africa, we were made familiar with the verb to commandeer, a needless novelty since the English language ..."

6. Essays on Wheat: Including the Discovery and Introduction of Marquis Wheat by A. H. Reginald Buller, Buller, A. H. Reginald, 1874-1944 (1919)
"It has sometimes been said that the Board has power to commandeer all the grain in Canada. It has no such power: it cannot go to the farm, for example, ..."

7. War Emergency Construction (housing War Workers) by United States Housing Corporation (1920)
"In such cases, since it was impossible for the Housing Corporation to commandeer occupied property, there was little that could be done. In a few cases, ..."

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