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.
SYNONYMS FOR command
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Origin of command
OTHER WORDS FROM commandcommand·a·ble, adjectivepre·com·mand, noun, verbun·com·mand·ed, adjectivewell-com·mand·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for command
Posey’s approach to commanding his kitchen set the stage for the American celebrity chef whose artistry was considered necessary in the most powerful American homes.George Washington’s 1795 Thanksgiving celebrated liberty. But the chef behind the feast had none.|Ramin Ganeshram|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
If the shortcut is already linked to a command, Word will tell you with a popup dialog box that also lets you disable existing shortcuts and add new ones.Become a Windows whiz by creating your own keyboard shortcuts|David Nield|November 12, 2020|Popular Science
They landed Ray on a low-risk contract, padding their rotation with a 29-year-old whose command slipped last summer.The Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray signing could give the Nationals a template|Jesse Dougherty|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
The field goal put Dallas up 10, but it was a missed chance to take command of the game.What to know for NFL Week 9: Tua Tagovailoa arrives, and Tom Brady’s Buccaneers take a beating|Adam Kilgore|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Much like Amazon, Google, or Apple devices, it will respond to commands through an embedded voice assistant.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ben Jacobs|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gen. David Barno, who commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2005.
He said he had been commanded to grab every journalist showing up at the morgue.
They told him that he had commanded long enough, and now he must follow.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
This man, who commanded men and had gained his own way by sheer brain and combativeness, fled by stealth from a dreaded enemy.Robert Toombs|Pleasant A. Stovall
The 28th Battalion party, thirty strong, commanded by Capts.Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3)|Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
"Well, leave everything as it is," I commanded, despite the rebellion in Nixon's eye.The Mayor's Wife|Anna Katherine Green
Someone told him, whereon he commanded that the kid should be brought to him and the snake also.Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales|Henry Rider Haggard
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