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, 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.


  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.

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. Abbas Milani:

    And we all know the answer to that question - it's Ayatollah Khamenei and the IRGC’s top command, i think it (prosecution of Ahmadinejad) is a political liability they just can’t afford at this time.

  2. Francis Quarles:

    If thou be rich, strive to command thy money, lest it command thee.

  3. Henri-Frédéric Amiel:

    Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.

  4. Eileen Lainez:

    Russia continues to supply lethal weapons, training and command and control support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine, in blatant violation of Moscow's Minsk commitments and Ukraine's sovereignty.

  5. Alan Brown:

    An informal complaint was made through command channels, and the commander has already assigned an investigating officer and the investigation is ongoing, the command is extremely sensitive to any allegations that involve equal opportunity or discrimination and will investigate every allegation.

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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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