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
- 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