Learner's definition of COMMANDING
1 [more commanding; most commanding] : having a powerful or important quality that attracts attention, respect, etc.
He is a commanding figure in American literature. [=he is an important and respected figure in American literature]
He has a very commanding voice/manner.
He has a commanding presence when he speaks. [=he attracts attention when he speaks]
2 always used before a noun, [more commanding; most commanding] : very likely to result in victory in a race, competition, etc. 3 always used before a noun : allowing you to see an area very well