Command Definition

kə-mănd
commanded, commands
verb
commanded, commands
To give an order or orders to; direct with authority.
Webster's New World
To have authority or jurisdiction over; control.
Webster's New World
To overlook, as from a height.
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To have at one's disposal.
A person who commands seven languages.
American Heritage
To have ready for use.
To command a large vocabulary.
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noun
commands
The act of commanding.
Webster's New World
An order; direction; mandate.
Webster's New World
A signal that initiates an operation defined by an instruction.
American Heritage
Power to control or dominate by position.
Webster's New World
Authority to command.
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adjective
Of, relating to, or constituting a command.
Command headquarters; a command decision.
American Heritage
Done or performed in response to a command.
A command performance.
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idiom
at someone's command
  • available or ready for someone to direct or make use of at will
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Command

Noun

Singular:
command
Plural:
commands

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Command

  • at someone's command

Origin of Command

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English commaunden from Old French comander from Late Latin commandāre Latin com- intensive pref. com– Latin mandāre to entrust man-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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