• Command


    • RP IPA: /kəˈmɑːnd/
    • GenAm IPA: /kəˈmænd/
    • Hyphenation: com + mand


    From Old French comander (modern French commander), from Vulgar Latin *commandare, from Latin commendare, from com- + mandare, from mandō ("I order, command"). Compare commend, mandate.

    Full definition of command



    (plural commands)
    1. An order to do something.I was given a command to cease shooting.
    2. The right or authority to order, control or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience.to have command of an army
    3. power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.he had command of the situationEngland has long held command of the seaa good command of language
    4. A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.General Smith was placed in command.
    5. The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence.Command cannot be otherwise than savage, for it implies an appeal to force, should force be needful. (H. Spencer, Social Statics, p. 180)
    6. (military) A body or troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer; by extension, any object or body in someone's charge.
      • 1899, Joseph Conrad, ,I asked myself what I was to do there, now my boat was lost. As a matter of fact, I had plenty to do in fishing my command out of the river.
    7. Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.
    8. (computing) A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.
    9. (baseball) The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.He's got good command tonight.


    1. (transitive) To order, give orders; to compel or direct with authority.The soldier was commanded to cease firing.The king commanded his servant to bring him dinner.
      • Francis BaconWe are commanded to forgive our enemies, but you never read that we are commanded to forgive our friends.
      • ShakespeareGo to your mistress:
        Say, I command her come to me.
    2. (transitive) To have or exercise supreme power, control or authority over, especially military; to have under direction or control.to command an army or a ship
      • MacaulayMonmouth commanded the English auxiliaries.
      • ShakespeareSuch aid as I can spare you shall command.
    3. (transitive) To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.he commanded silenceIf thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Mat. IV. 3.)
    4. (transitive) to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)
    5. (transitive) To exact, compel or secure by influence; to deserve, claim.A good magistrate commands the respect and affections of the people.Justice commands the respect and affections of the people.The best goods command the best price.This job commands a salary of £30,000.
    6. (transitive) To hold, to control the use of.The fort commanded the bay.
      • Motleybridges commanded by a fortified house
      • ShakespeareUp to the eastern tower,
        Whose height commands as subject all the vale.
      • AddisonOne side commands a view of the finest garden.
    7. (intransitive, archaic) To have a view, as from a superior position.
      • MiltonFar and wide his eye commands.
    8. (obsolete) To direct to come; to bestow.
      • Bible, Leviticus xxv. 21I will command my blessing upon you.


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