command[kə mand′, -mänd′]
- 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.
- 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 of commandMiddle English commanden ; from Old French comander ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form commandare ; from Classical Latin com-, intensive + 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 )
verbcom·mand·ed, com·mand·ing, com·mands
- 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.
- Computers 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 US 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 of commandMiddle 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.
- An order, a compelling task given to an inferior or a machine.
- I was given a command to cease shooting.
- 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
- power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.
- he had command of the situation
- England has long held command of the sea
- a good command of language
- A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.
- General Smith was placed in command.
- 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)
- (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.
- Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.
- (computing) A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.
- (baseball) The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.
- He's got good command tonight.
(third-person singular simple present commands, present participle commanding, simple past and past participle commanded)
- 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.
- 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
- To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.
- he commanded silence
- If thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Mat. IV. 3.)
- to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.
- Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)
- 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.
- To hold, to control the use of.
- The fort commanded the bay.
- (intransitive, archaic) To have a view, as from a superior position.