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
Related formscommand·a·ble, adjectivepre·com·mand, noun, verbun·com·mand·ed, adjectivewell-com·mand·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for 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|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 commanded (1 of 2)
- an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier)a command performance
Word Origin for command
British Dictionary definitions for commanded (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with commanded
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
- command performance
- have a good command