- com|mand|ing [kəˈma:ndıŋ US kəˈmæn-] adj1.) [only before noun]having the authority or position that allows you to give orders▪ a commanding officer2.) having the confidence to make people respect and obey you - used to show approval▪ Papa's commanding presence3.) a commanding view or position is one from which you can clearly see a long way4.) being in a position from which you are likely to win a race or competition easily▪ a commanding lead
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.