- 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
Synonyms for commandSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for command
Related Words for commandedauthorize, appoint, require, direct, tell, manage, wield, determine, supervise, dominate, prohibit, set, forbid, enjoin, instruct, inflict, dictate, beckon, proclaim, check
Examples from the Web for commanded
Contemporary Examples of commanded
When Schettino commanded him to turn the ship, he can be heard repeating errant commands.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
In 1964, Kabila had been a Simba leader, and Mobutu had commanded the Congolese army.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The problem was that Ernst was in Kuwait with the 1168 Transportation Company, a National Guard supply unit that she commanded.In 2005, ‘Iowa Nice’ Ernst Helped to Oust Veterans From Local Board After They Opposed Her Candidacy
October 13, 2014
Gen. David Barno, who commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2005.Who Assassinated a U.S. General?
August 6, 2014
He said he had been commanded to grab every journalist showing up at the morgue.I Was Snatched at the MH17 ‘Morgue’
July 21, 2014
Historical Examples of commanded
"Sit still and hear the rest of your misdeeds," commanded Mabel.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
From this position he commanded with his rifle the sweep of hillside all around the cabin.Way of the Lawless
I found that I was commanded to "do," and not stand still and wait for others to "do" for me.Biography of a Slave
We should, therefore, love and trust in Him, and cheerfully do what He has commanded us.
This we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
- (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
Word Origin for command
- any of the three main branches of the Canadian military forcesAir 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