Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To force into military service.
  • transitive v. To seize for military use; confiscate.
  • transitive v. To take arbitrarily or by force. See Synonyms at appropriate.

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  • v. To seize for military use.
  • v. To force into military service.
  • v. To take arbitrarily or by force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To compel to perform military service; to seize for military purposes; -- orig. used of the Boers.
  • transitive v. To take arbitrary or forcible possession of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To order (the enrolled militia) into active military service: originally with reference to the late Dutch republics of South Africa, which were charged with forcing aliens also into the military service.
  • To seize private property for military or other public use.
  • To seize public or private property for private use, under color of military necessity or right; steal from a helpless victim.
  • n. The act of commandeering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take arbitrarily or by force

Etymologies

Afrikaans kommandeer, from French commander, to command, from Old French comander; see command.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In February, the Achenbaums sued Credit Suisse's Column Financial unit for wrongful termination in Miami-Dade County circuit court, alleging among other things that Column took steps to "commandeer" the hotel, replacing them with a hotel operator whose inexperience will "inevitably result in inferior services."

    Keeping Chic in a Miami Storm

  • But neither can the federal government force California to keep similar drug laws on its own books, nor to "commandeer" state agencies to enforce federal drug laws.

    David Borden: What's Up With Liberals Against Marijuana Legalization?

  • So, can local governments "commandeer" the time of private citizens for jury duty?

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  • Once he reached the manor, he would see Mero, and "commandeer" him to replace his sick servant.

    The Elvenbane

  • The ground was hard, and it got very cold about 2 A.M. I could hear the sergeant-major snoring comfortably on the straw palliasse he had managed to "commandeer" for himself.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • For example, the Court has invalidated laws that regulate criminal activity with no national repercussions, and laws that "commandeer" state governments.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The police would do things such as commandeer taxis for themselves while forcing other passengers into the street, they said.

    latimes.com - News

  • The Nevada Appeal in Carson City, Nev., reported Thursday that the FBI told the governors of all 50 states they would be receiving letters from a group warning them that if they don't resign, group members will "commandeer" their offices.

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  • NEW YORK - A self-described celebrity stalker obsessed with Ivanka Trump threatened to kill himself in her jewelry store and "commandeer" her husband's newspaper in e-mail and Twitter messages to the couple, prosecutors said Thursday.

    London Free Press

  • A self-described celebrity stalker obsessed with Ivanka Trump threatened to kill himself in her jewelry store and "commandeer" her husband's newspaper in email and Twitter messages to the couple, prosecutors said.

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  • Will Turner: We're going to steal a ship? That ship?
    Jack Sparrow: "Commandeer." We're going to commandeer that ship. Nautical term.
    -the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest

    February 18, 2008

  • '(The form for commandeering a genuine NYC garbage truck MAY be 34 pages long, but one day I will think of a reason to fill it out, I swear to you.)' -the book Peeps, by Scott Westerfield

    February 18, 2008