verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an order in prescribed words, usually given in a loud voice to troops at close-order drill: The command was “Right shoulder arms!”
- the order of execution or the second part of any two-part close-order drill command, as face in Right face!
- (initial capital letter) a principal component of the U.S. Air Force: Strategic Air Command.
- a body of troops or a station, ship, etc., under a commander.
- an electric impulse, signal, or set of signals for initiating an operation in a computer.
- a character, symbol, or item of information for instructing a computer to perform a specific task.
- a single instruction.
Origin of command
SYNONYMS FOR command
Related formscommand·a·ble, adjectivepre·com·mand, noun, verbun·com·mand·ed, adjectivewell-com·mand·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for command
Certainly, she seems to command near-total devotion among her clients.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.
Perhaps the most interesting and indeed relevant of this is the C2 (or Command and Control) addresses found in the malware.
According to a military spokesperson, Boko Haram had built a “female wing” in its command structure.
He has been summoned from the command post the NYPD has maintained for a decade just up the street.
You stated you heard no command given to the troops to fire.
The magazines were kept open, and every gun, big and little, stood ready to be fired at the word of command.Fighting in Cuban Waters|Edward Stratemeyer
"I wish to see the officer who is in command here," she continued.The Blue and The Gray|A. R. White
The weather was warm and the command marched slowly, feeling its way as it went.
The young lieutenant well knew the dangerous position in which the ship, now under his command, was placed.Won from the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for command (1 of 2)
- an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier)a command performance
Word Origin for command
British Dictionary definitions for command (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with command
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
- command performance
- have a good command