Pronunciation: (ku-man'ding, -män'-),[key] —adj. 1. being in command: a commanding officer. 2. appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable: a commanding position; a commanding lead in the final period. 3. having the air, tone, etc., of command; imposing; authoritative: a man of commanding appearance; a commanding voice. 4. dominating by position, usually elevation; overlooking: a commanding bluff at the mouth of the river. 5. (of a view, or prospect) provided by a commanding location and so permitting dominance: a commanding view of the mouth of the river.