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
Antonyms for command
Examples from the Web for command
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 9, 2015
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
Historical Examples of command
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.
- an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier)a command performance
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
- command performance
- have a good command