AskDefine | Define commandeer

Dictionary Definition

commandeer v : take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami" [syn: hijack, highjack, pirate]

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Verb

  1. To seize for military use
  2. To force into military service
  3. To take arbitrarily or by force

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Extensive Definition

Commandeering is an act of appropriation by the military or police whereby they take possession of the property of a member of the public. The most common use of the term is when police commandeer vehicles – a popular plot element in films, particularly those involving car chases.

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