/kom'euhn dear"/, v.t.
1. to order or force into active military service.
2. to seize (private property) for military or other public use: The police officer commandeered a taxi and took off after the getaway car.
3. to seize arbitrarily.
[1880-85; < Afrik kommandeer < F commander to COMMAND]

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