What does COMMAND mean?

Definitions for COMMAND
kəˈmænd, -ˈmɑndcom·mand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. command, bid, bidding, dictationnoun

    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

  2. commandnoun

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

  3. commandnoun

    the power or authority to command

    "an admiral in command"

  4. commandnoun

    availability for use

    "the materials at the command of the potters grew"

  5. commandnoun

    a position of highest authority

    "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"

  6. command, control, masterynoun

    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

    "a good command of French"

  7. instruction, command, statement, program lineverb

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

  8. commandverb

    be in command of

    "The general commanded a huge army"

  9. command, requireverb

    make someone do something

  10. commandverb

    demand as one's due

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

  11. dominate, command, overlook, overtopverb

    look down on

    "The villa dominates the town"

  12. control, commandverb

    exercise authoritative control or power over

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


  1. commandnoun

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

    I was given a command to cease shooting.

  2. commandnoun

    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. commandnoun

    power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.

  4. commandnoun

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

    General Smith was placed in command.

  5. commandnoun

    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. commandnoun

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

  7. commandnoun

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

  8. commandnoun

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

  9. commandnoun

    The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.

    He's got good command tonight.

  10. commandverb

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

  11. commandverb

    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. commandverb

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

  13. commandverb

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

    Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)

  14. commandverb

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

  15. commandverb

    To hold, to control the use of

    The fort commanded the bay.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Commandnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Take pity of your town and of your people,
    While yet my soldiers are in my command. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    With lightning fill her awful hand,
    And make the clouds seem all at her command. Edmund Waller.

    He assumed an absolute command over his readers. Dryden.

    Those he commands move only in command,
    Nothing in love. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion; and whatever any one is brought to by compulsion, he will leave as soon as he can. John Locke, on Education.

    Of this tree we may not taste nor touch;
    God so commanded, and left that command
    Sole daughter of his voice. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    As there is no prohibition of it, so no command for it. Taylor.

    The captain gives command, the joyful train
    Glide through the gloomy shade, and leave the main. Dryd.

    The steepy stand,
    Which overlooks the vale with wide command. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. To COMMANDverb

    Etymology: commander, Fr. mando, Latin.

    Look, this feather,
    Obeying with my wind when I do blow,
    And yielding to another when it blows,
    Commanded always by the greater gust;
    Such is the lightness of you common men. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Christ could command legions of angels to his rescue. Decay of Piety.

    Should he, who was thy lord, command thee now,
    With a harsh voice, and supercilious brow,
    To servile duties. John Dryden, Pers. Sat. 5.

    My conscience bids me ask, wherefore you have
    Commanded of me these most pois’nous compounds. William Shakespeare.

    We will sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us. Ex. viii. 27.

    If the strong cane support thy walking hand,
    Chairmen no longer shall the wall command. John Gay, Trivia.

    Up to the Eastern tower,
    Whose height commands as subject all the vale,
    To see the sight. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    His eye might there command, wherever stood
    City, of old or modern fame; the seat
    Of mightiest empire. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 385.

    One side commands a view of the finest garden in the world. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 101.

  3. To Commandverb

    To have the supreme authority; to possess the chief power; to govern.

    Those two commanding powers of the soul, the understanding or the will. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. Command

    COMMAND.COM is the default command-line interpreter for MS-DOS, Windows 95-98, Windows 98SE and Windows Me. In the case of DOS, it is the default user interface as well. It has an additional role as the usual first program run after boot (init process), hence being responsible for setting up the system by running the AUTOEXEC.BAT configuration file, and being the ancestor of all processes. COMMAND.COM's successor on OS/2 and Windows NT systems is cmd.exe, although COMMAND.COM is available in virtual DOS machines on IA-32 versions of those operating systems as well. The COMMAND.COM filename was also used by Disk Control Program (DCP), an MS-DOS derivative by the former East German VEB Robotron.The compatible command processor under FreeDOS is sometimes also named FreeCom. COMMAND.COM is a DOS program. Programs launched from COMMAND.COM are DOS programs that use the DOS API to communicate with the disk operating system.


  1. command

    A command is an authoritative instruction or directive given by one party to another, indicating what must be done or how it should be done. It can refer to a directive given to a person, a machine, or a computer software to execute specific tasks or operations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commandverb

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

  2. Commandverb

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

  3. Commandverb

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

  4. Commandverb

    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. Commandverb

    to direct to come; to bestow

  6. Commandverb

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

  7. Commandverb

    to have a view, as from a superior position

  8. Commandnoun

    an authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction

  9. Commandnoun

    the possession or exercise of authority

  10. Commandnoun

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

  11. Commandnoun

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

  12. Commandnoun

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

  13. Commandnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Command

    kom-mand′, v.t. to order: to bid: to exercise supreme authority over: (Shak.) to demand: to cause to act: (Shak.) to exact: to have within sight, influence, or control.—v.i. to have chief authority: to govern.—n. an order: authority: message: the ability to overlook or influence: the thing commanded.—ns. Commandant′, an officer who has the command of a place or of a body of troops, Commandant′ship.—v.t. Commandeer′, to compel to military service.—ns. Command′er, one who commands: an officer in the navy next in rank under a captain; Command′er-in-chief, the highest staff appointment in the British army: the officer in supreme command of an army, or of the entire forces of the state; Command′ership; Command′ery, the district under a commander, specially used in connection with the Templars, the Hospitallers, and other religious orders.—adj. Command′ing, fitted to impress or control.—adv. Command′ingly.—n. Command′ment, a command: a precept.—Commander of the Faithful, a title of the caliphs.—At Command, available for use; On command, under orders.—Ten Commandments, the ten Mosaic laws: (slang) the ten finger-nails, used by women in fighting. [Fr. commander—L. commendārecom, and mandāre, to entrust.]

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).

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. command

    The words of command are the terms used by officers in exercise or upon service. All commands belong to the senior officer. Also, in fortification, the height of the top of the parapet of a work above the level of the country, or above that of another work. Generally, one position is said to be commanded by another when it can be seen into from the latter.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. command

    In fortification, the height of the top of a parapet above the ground or another work.

  2. command

    A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, under the command of a particular officer. The word command, when applied to ground is synonymous with overlook; and any place thus commanded by heights within range of cannon is difficult to defend, if the enemy have been able to seize the heights.

  3. command

    The 62d Article of War (new, 122) states who shall command when different corps of the army happen to join or do duty together, but as the wording of this article has been interpreted differently by different officers, it is thought best to give a decision rendered by President Fillmore on October 25, 1851, in General Orders from the War Department. The 62d Article of War provides that “If upon marches, guards, or in quarters, different corps of the army shall happen to join, or to do duty together, the officer highest in rank of the line of the army, marine corps, or militia, by commission there, on duty, or in quarters, shall command the whole and give orders for what is needful to the service, unless otherwise specially directed by the President of the United States, according to the nature of the case.” The interpretation of this act has long been a subject of controversy. The difficulty arises from the vague and uncertain meaning of the words “line of the army,” which neither in the English service nor in our own have a well-defined and invariable meaning. By some they are understood to designate the regular army as distinguished from the militia; by others as meant to discriminate between officers by ordinary commissions and those by brevet; and finally, by others, to designate an officer not belonging to the staff.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of COMMAND in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of COMMAND in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of COMMAND in a Sentence

  1. Craig Tucker:

    We are trying to work with the incident command for these wildfires to do a real assessment, we see there are thousands of fish floating downstream, but we really are having a difficult time figuring out how bad it is.

  2. Michael Waltz:

    Not only do they have diversity and equity officers in the cadet chain of command, they wear a special insignia, which is exactly what the political commissars — they would wear an armband in both the Soviet army and now in the Chinese Communist military. I just think there are some really alarming parallels.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Hyten said.Mattis then put Hyten in charge of the NC3 program and ordered a report on how the changes will be implemented. The secretary is expected to approve the changes within the month.This will not change the highly classified launch procedures but rather focus on ensuring the security and readiness of the connectivity of the system.This also comes as the President Donald Trump administration continues overhauling basic military plans for the conduct of nuclear war.For decades, the military plan for nuclear war has been known as the Single Integrated Operational Plan -- focusing entirely on a nuclear campaign. STRATCOM is continuing the effort begun by the Obama administration to provide military plans that combine nuclear and conventional options, in order to be able to de-escalate a crisis, according to defense officials familiar with the effort. The move to include conventional options as part of planning for nuclear war took on additional importance as tensions rose with North Korea, and the Pentagon leadership was looking for a wide range of military options to offer President Donald Trump, officials say.Hyten noted that in February, Joseph Dunford and members of the Joint Staff rode on the National Airborne Operations Center in an exercise. That E-4 aircraft is used in a crisis essentially as an airborne command post. After the plane landed.

  4. Barack Obama:

    I have instructed the Joint Chiefs, and up and down the chain of command, that they have a responsibility to de-stigmatize mental health issues and issues of PTSD, and help to explain to everybody in all of the units under their command that there's nothing weak about asking for help.

  5. Darren Cahill:

    At the moment the men command a little more at the negotiating table when we're talking about TV rights, i think, to a large extent, everyone will take this. Obviously there would be some resentment from some male players but the majority I think would see the benefits and understand that this is the right thing to do.

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  • beveel, opdrag, bevel, gebodAfrikaans
  • командвам, командване, владея, контролирам, заповед, заповядвам, нарежданеBulgarian
  • manat, ordreCatalan, Valencian
  • přikázat, ovládat, rozkaz, povel, nařídit, příkaz, rozkázatCzech
  • befehlen, Kommando, kommandieren, beherrschen, BefehlGerman
  • εντολή, διοίκησηGreek
  • komandi, ordonoEsperanto
  • mandato, ordenSpanish
  • juhtimaEstonian
  • agindu, menBasque
  • دستور, فرمان, تکاوری, اُردPersian
  • käsky, hallita, hallinta, pitää, komento, komentaa, miehet, käskeäFinnish
  • commande, commanderFrench
  • tiomnúIrish
  • òrdaich, òrdughScottish Gaelic
  • mainshtyraght, smaghtManx
  • פקודהHebrew
  • parancsHungarian
  • հրաման, հրամայելArmenian
  • comandare, comando, ordinare, padronanza, ordineItalian
  • 命令Japanese
  • 명령, 命令Korean
  • ēdictum, imperare, imperoLatin
  • pavēlēt, pavēleLatvian
  • komanderMalay
  • opdracht, bevelen, bevel, commanderenDutch
  • polecenie, komenda, rozkazPolish
  • comandar, comando, mandar, ordemPortuguese
  • kachayQuechua
  • ordona, stăpâni, controla, comandaRomanian
  • приказывать, команда, командование, приказRussian
  • komanda, zȁpovēd, команда, zȁpovijēd, naredbaSerbo-Croatian
  • ఉంచుకొనుట, ఆజ్ఞాపించు, ఉత్తరువు, ఆనతి, ఆజ్ఞ, అదుపులో ఉంచుTelugu
  • สั่งThai
  • utos, kautusanTagalog
  • komutaTurkish

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