- The definition of a command is an order or the authority to command.
- An example of command is a dog owner telling their dog to sit.
- An example of command is the job of controlling a group of military people.
- Command is defined as to give orders or exert authority over someone or something.
An example of command is a teacher assigning homework to students.
command definition by Webster's New World
- to give an order or orders to; direct with authority
- to have authority or jurisdiction over; control
- to have ready for use: to command a large vocabulary
- to deserve and get; require as due, proper, or becoming: to command respect
- to control or overlook from a higher position: the fort commands the entire valley
- Obsolete to demand authoritatively
Origin: Middle English commanden ; from Old French comander ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form commandare ; from Classical Latin com-, intensive plush mandare, to commit, entrust: see mandate
- to exercise power or authority; be in control; act as a commander
- to overlook, as from a height
- the act of commanding
- an order; direction; mandate
- authority to command
- power to control or dominate by position
- range of view
- ability to have and use; mastery
- a military or naval force, organization, or district, under a specified authority or jurisdiction
- air command
- the post where the person in command is stationed
- a request entered on a terminal to have a particular function performed
- instruction (sense )
command definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb com·mand·ed, com·mand·ing, com·mands verb, transitive
- To direct with authority; give orders to.
- To have control or authority over; rule: a general who commands an army.
- To have at one's disposal: a person who commands seven languages.
- To deserve and receive as due; exact: The troops' bravery commanded respect.
- a. To exercise dominating, authoritative influence over: “He commands any room he enters” (Stephen Schiff).b. To dominate by physical position; overlook: a mountain commanding the valley below.
- To give orders.
- To exercise authority or control as or as if one is a commander.
- The act of commanding.
- An order given with authority.
- Computer Science A signal that initiates an operation defined by an instruction.
- a. The authority to command: an admiral in command.b. Possession and exercise of the authority to command: command of the seas.
- Ability to control or use; mastery: command of four languages.
- Dominance by location; extent of view.
- a. The jurisdiction of a commander.b. A military unit, post, district, or region under the control of one officer.c. A unit of the U.S. Air Force that is larger than an air force.
- Of, relating to, or constituting a command: command headquarters; a command decision.
- Done or performed in response to a command: a command performance.
Origin: Middle English commaunden, from Old French comander, from Late Latin commandāre : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + Latin mandāre, to entrust; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
- com·mandˈa·ble adjective