WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
com•mand /kəˈmænd/USA pronunciation
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.
[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!''
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
- (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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