Definitions for: Command


[n] availability for use; "the materials at the command of the potters grew"
[n] the power or authority to command; "an admiral in command"
[n] great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French"
[n] (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
[n] an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
[n] a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
[n] a position of highest authority; "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"
[v] make someone do something
[v] be in command of; "The general commanded a huge army"
[v] demand as one's due; "This speaker commands a high fee"; "The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
[v] exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
[v] look down on; "The villa dominates the town"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com*mand" (?; 61), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commanded; p.
pr. & vb. n. Commanding.] [OE. comaunden, commanden, OF.
comander, F. commander, fr. L. com- + mandare to commit to,
to command. Cf. Commend, Mandate.]
1. To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to
direct; to bid; to charge.

We are commanded to forgive our enemies, but you
never read that we are commanded to forgive our
friends. --Bacon.

Go to your mistress: Say, I command her come to me.
--Shak.

2. To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to
have at one's disposal; to lead.

Monmouth commanded the English auxiliaries.
--Macaulay.

Such aid as I can spare you shall command. --Shak.

3. To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or
vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.

Bridges commanded by a fortified house. --Motley.

Up to the eastern tower, Whose height commands as
subject all the vale. --Shak.

One side commands a view of the finest garden.
--Addison.

4. To have power or influence of the nature of authority
over; to obtain as if by ordering; to receive as a due; to
challenge; to claim; as, justice commands the respect and
affections of the people; the best goods command the best
price.

'Tis not in mortals to command success. --Addison.

5. To direct to come; to bestow. [Obs.]

I will command my blessing upon you. --Lev. xxv.
21.

Syn: To bid; order; direct; dictate; charge; govern; rule;
overlook.


Com*mand", v. i.
1. To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to
sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.

And reigned, commanding in his monarchy. --Shak.

For the king had so commanded concerning [Haman].
--Esth. iii.
2.

2. To have a view, as from a superior position.

Far and wide his eye commands. --Milton.


Com*mand", n.
1. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an
injunction.

Awaiting what command their mighty chief Had to
impose. --Milton.

2. The possession or exercise of authority.

Command and force may often create, but can never
cure, an aversion. --Locke.

3. Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the
forces under his command.

4. Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of
position; scope of vision; survey.

The steepy stand Which overlooks the vale with wide
command. --Dryden.

5. Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to
have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has
command of the bridge.

He assumed an absolute command over his readers.
--Dryden.

6. A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post,
or the whole territory under the authority or control of a
particular officer.

Word of command (Mil.), a word or phrase of definite and
established meaning, used in directing the movements of
soldiers; as, aim; fire; shoulder arms, etc.

Syn: Control; sway; power; authority; rule; dominion;
sovereignty; mandate; order; injunction; charge; behest.
See Direction.

Synonyms: bid, bidding, compel, control, control, dictation, dominate, instruction, mastery, overlook, overtop, program line, require, statement

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