Definitions for commandkəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•mand*kəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd(v.t.)

  1. to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order:

    to command troops to march.

  2. to require authoritatively; demand:

    to command silence.

  3. to deserve and receive (respect, sympathy, attention, etc.).

  4. to dominate by reason of location; overlook:

    The hill commands the sea.

  5. to have authority over and responsibility for (a military installation).

    Category: Military

  6. to have control over; be master of:

    The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves.

  7. (v.i.)to issue an order or orders.

  8. to be in charge; have authority.

  9. to occupy a dominating position; look down upon or over a body of water, region, etc.

  10. (n.)the act of commanding or ordering.

  11. an order given by one in authority.

  12. an order in prescribed words, as one given in a loud voice to troops at close-order drill:

    The command was “Right shoulder arms!”

  13. (cap.) a principal component of the U.S. Air Force: a body of troops or a station, ship, etc., under a commander.

    Strategic Air Command.

    Category: Military

  14. the possession or exercise of controlling authority:

    a lieutenant in command of a platoon.

  15. expertise; mastery:

    to have a command of four languages.

  16. power of dominating a region by reason of location; extent of view or outlook:

    the command of the valley from the hill.

  17. a signal, as a keystroke, instructing a computer to perform a specific task.

    Category: Computers

  18. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or resulting from a command.

  19. of or pertaining to a commander.

  20. ordered or requested, as by a sovereign:

    a command performance.

* Syn: See direct.

Origin of command:

1250–1300; ME < AF com(m)a(u)nder, OF comander < ML commandāre= L com-com - +mandāre to entrust, order; cf. commend


Princeton's WordNet

  1. command, bid, bidding, dictation(noun)

    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

  2. command(noun)

    a military unit or region under the control of a single officer

  3. command(noun)

    the power or authority to command

    "an admiral in command"

  4. command(noun)

    availability for use

    "the materials at the command of the potters grew"

  5. command(noun)

    a position of highest authority

    "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"

  6. command, control, mastery(noun)

    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

    "a good command of French"

  7. instruction, command, statement, program line(verb)

    (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program

  8. command(verb)

    be in command of

    "The general commanded a huge army"

  9. command, require(verb)

    make someone do something

  10. command(verb)

    demand as one's due

    "This speaker commands a high fee"; "The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"

  11. dominate, command, overlook, overtop(verb)

    look down on

    "The villa dominates the town"

  12. control, command(verb)

    exercise authoritative control or power over

    "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. command(noun)əˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd

    an official order to do sth

    to obey a command

  2. commandəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd

    the control of sth or sb

    He's the officer in command.; When others panicked, she took command.

  3. commandəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd

    an instruction in a computer program

    ***a list of possible commands

  4. command(verb)əˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd

    to be in control of sth or sb

    the senior officer commanding the investigation

  5. commandəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd

    to give an official order to do sth

    He commanded the men to stop firing.

  6. commandəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd

    to deserve and receive

    She commands everyone's respect.


  1. command(Noun)

    An order, a compelling task given to an inferior or a machine.

    I was given a command to cease shooting.

  2. command(Noun)

    The right or authority to order, control or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience.

    to have command of an army

  3. command(Noun)

    power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.

  4. command(Noun)

    A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.

    General Smith was placed in command.

  5. command(Noun)

    The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence.

    Command cannot be otherwise than savage, for it implies an appeal to force, should force be needful. (H. Spencer, Social Statics, p. 180)

  6. command(Noun)

    A body or troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer.

  7. command(Noun)

    Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.

  8. command(Noun)

    A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.

  9. command(Noun)

    The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.

    He's got good command tonight.

  10. command(Verb)

    To order, give orders; to compel or direct with authority.

  11. command(Verb)

    To have or exercise supreme power, control or authority over, especially military; to have under direction or control.

    to command an army or a ship

  12. command(Verb)

    To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.

  13. command(Verb)

    to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.

    Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)

  14. command(Verb)

    To exact, compel or secure by my moral influence; to deserve, claim.

  15. command(Verb)

    To hold, to control the use of

    The fort commanded the bay.

  16. Origin: From comander (modern French commander), from *, from commendare, from com- + mandare, from mando. Compare commend, mandate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Command(verb)

    to order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge

  2. Command(verb)

    to exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead

  3. Command(verb)

    to have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook

  4. Command(verb)

    to have power or influence of the nature of authority over; to obtain as if by ordering; to receive as a due; to challenge; to claim; as, justice commands the respect and affections of the people; the best goods command the best price

  5. Command(verb)

    to direct to come; to bestow

  6. Command(verb)

    to have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders

  7. Command(verb)

    to have a view, as from a superior position

  8. Command(noun)

    an authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction

  9. Command(noun)

    the possession or exercise of authority

  10. Command(noun)

    authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command

  11. Command(noun)

    power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey

  12. Command(noun)

    control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge

  13. Command(noun)

    a body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, or the whole territory under the authority or control of a particular officer


  1. Command

    A command in military terminology is an organisational unit for which the individual in Military command is responsible. A Commander will normally be specifically appointed to the role in order to provide a legal framework for the authority bestowed. Naval and military officers have legal authority by virtue of their officer's commission, however the specific responsibilities and privileges of command are derived from the publication of appointment. The United States Department of Defense defines command as follows: 2. An order given by a commander; that is, the will of the commander expressed for the purpose of bringing about a particular action.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. command

    1. The authority that a commander in the armed forces lawfully exercises over subordinates by virtue of rank or assignment. Command includes the authority and responsibility for effectively using available resources and for planning the employment of, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling military forces for the accomplishment of assigned missions. It also includes responsibility for health, welfare, morale, and discipline of assigned personnel. 2. An order given by a commander; that is, the will of the commander expressed for the purpose of bringing about a particular action. 3. A unit or units, an organization, or an area under the command of one individual. Also called CMD. See also area command; combatant command; combatant command (command authority).

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'command' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2880

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'command' in Nouns Frequency: #1092

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'command' in Verbs Frequency: #750

Translations for command

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an order

We obeyed his commands.

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