Definition of command in English:

command

Line breaks: com|mand
Pronunciation: /kəˈmɑːnd
 
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verb

  • 1 [reporting verb] Give an authoritative or peremptory order: [with object and infinitive]: a gruff voice commanded us to enter [with direct speech]: ‘Stop arguing!’ he commanded [with clause]: he commanded that work should cease [with object]: my mother commands my presence
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    • ‘In here, men,’ a gruff voice commanded as the feet drew nearer.
    • ‘Bring him to me,’ she commanded, her voice authoritative and unwavering.
    • ‘Give the phone back to my mother,’ she commanded, her voice like steel.
    Synonyms
    order, give orders to, give the order to, tell, direct, instruct, call on, enjoin, adjure, charge, require, prescribe
    literary bid
  • 1.1 [with object] Military Have authority over; be in charge of (a unit): he commanded a Hurricane squadron
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    • He then commanded a unit in Miami, charged with conducting operations against Communist Cuba.
    • John fought in Vietnam and commanded a helicopter unit in Somalia.
    • He commanded the unit for six years and was its honorary colonel twice.
  • 1.2 [with object] archaic Control or restrain (oneself or one’s feelings): he commanded himself with an effort
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    • He proves that he holds a strong command over his desires, exercises sound self-control, and enjoys the taste of disciplinary life.
    • His command over his body language is as strong as his control over the fighters he leads.
    • We have poor command over our image in the media.
  • 2 [with object] Dominate (a strategic position) from a superior height: the fortress commands the shortest Channel crossing
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    • The projecting balconies of the nine-storeyed palace gracefully rises to a mountain height, commanding a bird's view of the town.
    • Rhum is famous not just as a National Nature Reserve but also for the splendid red sandstone Kinloch Castle, which commands sensational views from its steadfast position at the head of Loch Scresort.
    • An excursion to the Castle, a fortress that commands the road to Salzburg costs £15.
    Synonyms
    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; head, lead, rule, govern, control, direct, guide, manage, supervise, superintend, oversee; 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 [with object] Be in a strong enough position to have or secure: they command a majority in Parliament he commanded considerable personal loyalty
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    • This is evidence that not only are people buying homes, but that demand in the market is strong enough to command premium asking prices.
    • Items that are hard to find in the original labeled box, that are in unused condition and in boxes, and that are in fine condition commanded the strongest prices.
    • The political leader of the opposition party which commands the majority in the Parliament, usually holds the post of Opposition Leader.
    Synonyms
    receive, be given, get, gain, obtain, secure

noun

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  • 3 Computing An instruction or signal causing a computer to perform one of its basic functions.
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    • The custom commands are simply instructions you speak to the computer and then it performs the designated task.
    • It's a safe way to execute commands on remote computers.
    • You can also use commands to change the order of word fields - for example, make the first word in a line, the fourth - and the fourth word, the first.

Phrases

at someone's command

At someone’s disposal to use or instruct: I shall defend myself with all the eloquence at my command
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  • With all the modern methods of waste disposal at our command, it should not be difficult to prevent pollution of lakes.
  • You can do that when you have a powerful government at your command.
  • Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

word of command

Military
An order for a movement in a drill.
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  • In squads they learnt how to obey orders instinctively, and to react to a single word of command, by coping with a torrent of abuse from the drill sergeants.
  • On hearing the last syllable of the word of command, the recruit shall execute the intended motion lively and smartly.
  • The quick and accurate reaction of soldiers to the word of Command is instilled through the incessant and repetitive practice of battle drills and routines.
A prearranged spoken signal for the start of an operation.
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  • He spoke a word of command, and the other troll dropped to the ground as well, and now there remained only the one with the crude sword.
  • On the the words of command, the firing party raised their rifles into the air, unleashing three volleys into the grey canopy of cloud hanging above the cemetery.
  • And suddenly, without anyone appearing to have given a word of command, it stopped, beasts were unloaded, tents were pitched, fires lit, water set to boil and herds taken off to forage.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French comander 'to command', from late Latin commandare, from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare 'commit, command'. Compare with commend.

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