Etymology
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commandeer (v.)

1881, "to seize or force into military service," from Dutch (especially Afrikaans) kommandeeren "to command" (for military service), from French commander "to order" (see command (v.)). General sense "take arbitrary possession of" is from 1900. Related: Commandeered; commandeering.

updated on January 28, 2018

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Definitions of commandeer from WordNet

commandeer (v.)
take arbitrarily or by force;
The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami
Synonyms: hijack / highjack / pirate
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