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Synonyms of command in English:


  • 1 he commanded his men to retreat
    order, give orders to, give the order to, tell, direct, instruct, call on, enjoin, adjure, charge, require, prescribe
    literary bid
  • 2 he commanded a tank unit
    be in charge of, be in command of, have charge of, have control of, be the leader of, be the boss of, preside over, be in authority over, hold sway over;
    be in the driver's seat, be in the saddle, be at the helm, take the chair
    informal head up, run the show, call the shots, call the tune
  • 3 the clergy command great respect from the population
    receive, be given, get, gain, obtain, secure
  • noun

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  • 1 the officers shouted their commands
    order, instruction, directive, direction, commandment, injunction, demand, stipulation, requirement, exhortation, bidding, request;
    decree, dictate, diktat, edict, ruling, resolution, pronouncement, ordinance, mandate, fiat, precept
    literary behest
    archaic hest
    rare rescript
  • 3 she had a brilliant command of English
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