What does command mean?

Definitions for command
kəˈmænd, -ˈmɑndcom·mand

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word command.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. command(Noun)

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

    I was given a command to cease shooting.

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

  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

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

  3. command(Noun)

    power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.

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

  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.

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

  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)

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

  6. command(Noun)

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

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

  7. command(Noun)

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

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

  8. command(Noun)

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

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

  9. command(Noun)

    The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.

    He's got good command tonight.

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

  10. command(Verb)

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

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

  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

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

  12. command(Verb)

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

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

  13. command(Verb)

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

    Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)

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

  14. command(Verb)

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

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

  15. command(Verb)

    To hold, to control the use of

    The fort commanded the bay.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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

How to pronounce command?

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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say command in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Greg Taxin:

    It's probably silly or foolish that they just haven't satisfied people's desire to know how the chain of command is working, on the other hand, I presume the CEO of United Airlines goes on vacation on a regular basis, and he's not around to answer question or make decision and things run just fine.

  2. James Lewis:

    It reflects the maturing of Cyber Command and its own capabilities.

  3. Miguel Miranda:

    If we stick to the U.S. version, the Russians now have a means for using small satellites to intercept a target in orbit and destroy it, this is a serious capability because the U.S. militarys biggest advantage over its rivals is an immense command and control plus intelligence and surveillance network orbiting our planet. Without it, the U.S. military suffers and struggles to fulfill its mission.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    Jesus said “the kingdom of God is at hand” This is possible because it is happening now. It is a state of consciousness, not a destination. Jesus said “the kingdom of God is within us” This is possible because we are it. We are the kingdom of God. Jesus said “I am in this world, but not of this world” Jesus was referring to our spiritual essence. Although we are temporarily in the human condition, spiritual consciousness is not of the physical world. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the father except through me” Spiritual consciousness is the way to God consciousness, the source from which we all illuminate. Jesus said “and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time” We are rays of consciousness illuminating from the one reality we call God. We are immortal and collectively of one mind. Jesus said “these things I do, you too shall do, and even greater” This is possible because when we spiritually awaken, we will create heaven on earth. Jesus said as he was dying on the cross “forgive them father for they know not what they do” Jesus was speaking not just from spiritual consciousness, but from God consciousness. God consciousness is understanding the true essence of God, the reality of which we are all a part. Jesus said “a new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”

  5. Ramon Arguelles:

    This is the command of God. We should take care of his creation.

Images & Illustrations of command

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Translations for command

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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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