- to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order: The captain commanded his men to attack.
- to require authoritatively; demand: She commanded silence.
- to have or exercise authority or control over; be master of; have at one's bidding or disposal: The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves.
- to deserve and receive (respect, sympathy, attention, etc.): He commands much respect for his attitude.
- to dominate by reason of location; overlook: The hill commands the sea.
- to have authority over and responsibility for (a military or naval unit or installation); be in charge of.
- to issue an order or orders.
- to be in charge; have authority.
- to occupy a dominating position; look down upon or over a body of water, region, etc.
- the act of commanding or ordering.
- an order given by one in authority: The colonel gave the command to attack.
- 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.
- the possession or exercise of controlling authority: a lieutenant in command of a platoon.
- expertise; mastery: He has a command of French, Russian, and German.
- British. a royal order.
- power of dominating a region by reason of location; extent of view or outlook: the command of the valley from the hill.
- 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.
- of, relating to, or for use in the exercise of command: a command car; command post.
- of or relating to a commander: a command decision.
- ordered by a sovereign, as if by a sovereign, or by the exigencies of a situation: a command performance.
Origin of command
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Related Wordsduty, direction, word, request, rule, regulation, responsibility, mandate, law, order, control, management, ability, government, jurisdiction, supervision, leadership, expertise, authority, grasp
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
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You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
The seemingly endless ranks snapped to attention on command and thousands of white gloves rose in salute.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Perhaps the most interesting and indeed relevant of this is the C2 (or Command and Control) addresses found in the malware.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
According to a military spokesperson, Boko Haram had built a “female wing” in its command structure.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
He threw himself against the rock and pushed with all the strength he could command.
This satisfied him, for he cared nothing for the attachment of those under his command.
Great credit is also due to the second in command, and to every member of the party.Explorations in Australia
He could not even tell her that it was at Hope's command he sought her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I asked her many questions before I could command attention.
- (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to order, require, or compel
- to have or be in control or authority over (a person, situation, etc)
- (tr) to have knowledge or use ofhe commands the language
- (tr) to receive as due or because of merithis nature commands respect
- to dominate (a view, etc) as from a height
- an order; mandate
- the act of commanding
- the power or right to command
- the exercise of the power to command
- ability or knowledge; controla command of French
- mainly military the jurisdiction of a commander
- a military unit or units commanding a specific area or function, as in the RAF
- an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier)a command performance
- computing a word or phrase that can be selected from a menu or typed after a prompt in order to carry out an action
- any of the three main branches of the Canadian military forcesAir Command
Word Origin and History for command
c.1300, from Old French comander "to order, enjoin, entrust" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *commandare, from Latin commendare "to recommend, entrust to" (see commend), altered by influence of Latin mandare "to commit, entrust" (see mandate (n.)). Replaced Old English bebeodan. Related: Commanded; commanding.
c.1400, "order, command," from Old French comand (14c.), from comander (see command (v.)). Meaning "control, authority" is from mid-15c.
Idioms and Phrases with command
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
- command performance
- have a good command