WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
com•mand /kəˈmænd/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. 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.
  2. [+ object] to demand: to command silence.
  3. [+ object] to deserve and receive (respect, attention, etc.):Her words command respect.
  4. [+ object] to dominate by reason of location (such as by being higher); overlook: The hill commands the sea.
  5. Military[+ object] to have authority or control over: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.
  • [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!''
  • expertise; mastery;
    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-.

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    command /kəˈmɑːnd/ vb
    1. (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to order, require, or compel
    2. to have or be in control or authority over (a person, situation, etc)
    3. (transitive) to receive as due or because of merit: his nature commands respect
    4. to dominate (a view, etc) as from a height
    1. an order; mandate
    2. the act of commanding
    3. the power or right to command
    4. the exercise of the power to command
    5. ability or knowledge; control: a command of French
    6. chiefly the jurisdiction of a commander
    7. a military unit or units commanding a specific area or function, as in the RAF
    8. Brit an invitation from the monarch
    9. (as modifier): a command performance
    10. a word or phrase that can be selected from a menu or typed after a prompt in order to carry out an action
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French commander, from Latin com- (intensive) + mandāre to entrust, enjoin, command

    Command /kəˈmɑːnd/ n
    1. any of the three main branches of the Canadian military forces

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