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.
to deserve and receive (respect, attention, etc.)[~ + object]Her words command respect.
[~ + object] to dominate by reason of location (such as by being higher); overlook: The hill commands the sea.
Military to have authority or control over[~ + object]He commanded an army base of a thousand soldiers.
[uncountable] the act of commanding or ordering with authority; control:Admiral, you have lost command of your ship.[be + in + ~]The lieutenant was in command of a platoon.
an order given by one in authority[countable]He issued several commands.
[countable] an order in prescribed words, such as one given at close-order drill: The command was "Right shoulder arms!''
expertise; mastery; strong ability: [countable; usually singular]has a working command of four languages.[uncountable]His spoken command of Russian was perfect.
Computing a signal, as a keystroke, instructing a computer to perform a specific task[countable]He issued several commands to clear the screen.
adj.[before a noun]
ordered or requested: She gave a command performance before the queen.