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com•mand /kəˈmænd/USA pronunciation
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[uncountable] the act of commanding or ordering with authority;
- to direct with authority;
order: [no object]We did as he commanded.[~ + object + to + verb]The general commanded his troops to march the rest of the way.[~ + that clause]He commanded that they follow him.[used with quotations]"Stand at attention, soldier!'' he commanded.
- [~ + object] to demand: to command silence.
- [~ + object] to deserve and receive (respect, attention, etc.):Her words command respect.
- [~ + object] to dominate by reason of location (such as by being higher); overlook: The hill commands the sea.
- Military[~ + object] to have authority or control over:He commanded an army base of a thousand soldiers.
control:Admiral, you have lost command of your ship.[be + in + ~]The lieutenant was in command of a platoon.
[countable] an order given by one in authority:He issued several commands.
[countable] an order in prescribed words, such as one given at close-order drill: The command was "Right shoulder arms!''
strong ability: [countable;
usually singular]has a working command of four languages.[uncountable]His spoken command of Russian was perfect.
Computing[countable] a signal, as a keystroke, instructing a computer to perform a specific task:He issued several commands to clear the screen.
adj. [before a noun]
ordered or requested: She gave a command performance before the queen.See -mand-.
(kə mand′, -mänd′), v.t.
to issue an order or orders.
to be in charge;
- to direct with specific authority or prerogative;
order:The captain commanded his men to attack.
- to require authoritatively; demand:She commanded silence.
- to have or exercise authority or control over;
be master of;
have at one's bidding or disposal:The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves.
- to deserve and receive (respect, sympathy, attention, etc.):He commands much respect for his attitude.
- to dominate by reason of location; overlook:The hill commands the sea.
- to have authority over and responsibility for (a military or naval unit or installation);
be in charge of.
to occupy a dominating position;
look down upon or over a body of water, region, etc.
the act of commanding or ordering.
an order given by one in authority:The colonel gave the command to attack.
- 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!
- (cap.) a principal component of the U.S. Air Force:Strategic Air Command.
the possession or exercise of controlling authority:a lieutenant in command of a platoon.
expertise; mastery:He has a command of French, Russian, and German.
British Terms[Brit.]a royal order.
power of dominating a region by reason of location;
- a body of troops or a station, ship, etc., under a commander.
extent of view or outlook:the command of the valley from the hill.
- an electric impulse, signal, or set of signals for initiating an operation in a computer.
of, pertaining to, or for use in the exercise of command:a command car; command post.
of or pertaining to a commander:a command decision.
ordered by a sovereign, as if by a sovereign, or by the exigencies of a situation:a command performance.
- a character, symbol, or item of information for instructing a computer to perform a specific task.
1, 7 . obey.
- Anglo-French, Old French, noun, nominal derivative of the verb, verbal
- Medieval Latin commandāre, equivalent. to Latin com- com- + mandāre to entrust, order (compare commend); (noun, nominal) late Middle English comma(u)nde
- Anglo-French com(m)a(u)nder, Old French comander
- (verb, verbal) Middle English coma(u)nden 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
command /kəˈmɑːnd/ vb
- (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to order, require, or compel
- to have or be in control or authority over (a person, situation, etc)
- (transitive) to receive as due or because of merit: his nature commands respect
- to dominate (a view, etc) as from a height
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French commander, from Latin com- (intensive) + mandāre to entrust, enjoin, command
- an order; mandate
- the act of commanding
- the power or right to command
- the exercise of the power to command
- ability or knowledge; control: a command of French
- chiefly the jurisdiction of a commander
- a military unit or units commanding a specific area or function, as in the RAF
- Brit an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier): a command performance
- a word or phrase that can be selected from a menu or typed after a prompt in order to carry out an action
Command /kəˈmɑːnd/ n
- any of the three main branches of the Canadian military forces
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