American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To direct with authority; give orders to.
- v. To have control or authority over; rule: a general who commands an army.
- v. To have at one's disposal: a person who commands seven languages.
- v. To deserve and receive as due; exact: The troops' bravery commanded respect.
- v. To exercise dominating, authoritative influence over: "He commands any room he enters” ( Stephen Schiff).
- v. To dominate by physical position; overlook: a mountain commanding the valley below.
- v. To give orders.
- v. To exercise authority or control as or as if one is a commander.
- n. The act of commanding.
- n. An order given with authority.
- n. Computer Science A signal that initiates an operation defined by an instruction.
- n. The authority to command: an admiral in command.
- n. Possession and exercise of the authority to command: command of the seas.
- n. Ability to control or use; mastery: command of four languages.
- n. Dominance by location; extent of view.
- n. The jurisdiction of a commander.
- n. A military unit, post, district, or region under the control of one officer.
- n. A unit of the U.S. Air Force that is larger than an air force.
- adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a command: command headquarters; a command decision.
- adj. Done or performed in response to a command: a command performance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To order or direct with authority; give an order or orders to; require obedience of; lay injunction upon; order; charge: with a person as direct object.
- Specifically To have or to exercise supreme power or authority, especially military or naval authority, over; have under direction or control; determine the actions, use, or course of: as, to command an army or a ship.
- To require with authority; demand; order; enjoin: with a thing as direct object: as, he commanded silence.
- To have within the range of one's (its) power or within the sphere of influence; dominate through ability, resources, position, etc., often specifically through military power or position; hence, have within the range of the eye; overlook.
- To bestow by exercise of controlling power.
- To exact, compel, or secure by moral influence; challenge; claim: as, a good magistrate commands the respect and affections of the people.
- To have at one's disposal and service.
- To intrust; commit; commend. See commend.
- Synonyms To bid, govern, rule, control. See enjoin.
- To act as or have the authority of a commander.
- To exercise influence or power.
- To be in a superior or commanding position.
- n. The right or authority to order, control, or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience: as, to have command of an army.
- n. Possession of controlling authority, force, or capacity; power of control, direction, or disposal; mastery: as, he had command of the situation; England has long held command of the sea; a good command of language.
- n. A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control: as, General Smith was placed in command.
- n. The act of commanding; exercise of authority or influence.
- n. The thing commanded or ordered; a commandment; a mandate; an order; word of command.
- n. A body of troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer.
- n. Dominating situation; range of control or oversight; hence, extent of view or outlook.
- n. In fortification, the height of the top of a parapet above the plane of its site, or above another work.
- n. Synonyms and Sway, rule, authority.
- n. Injunction, charge, direction, behest, bidding, requisition.
- n. In whist and bridge, the best card of a suit, usually of one which the adversaries are trying to establish.
- n. An order, a compelling task given to an inferior or a machine.
- n. The right or authority to order, control or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience.
- n. power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.
- n. A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.
- n. The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence.
- n. 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.
- n. Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.
- n. computing A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.
- n. baseball The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.
- v. transitive To order, give orders; to compel or direct with authority.
- v. transitive To have or exercise supreme power, control or authority over, especially military; to have under direction or control.
- v. transitive To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.
- v. transitive to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.
- v. transitive To exact, compel or secure by my moral influence; to deserve, claim.
- v. To hold, to control the use of
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.
- v. To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead.
- v. To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.
- v. 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.
- v. obsolete To direct to come; to bestow.
- v. To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.
- v. To have a view, as from a superior position.
- n. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.
- n. The possession or exercise of authority.
- n. Authority; power or right of control; leadership.
- n. Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.
- n. Control; power over something; sway; influence.
- n. 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.
- v. exercise authoritative control or power over
- n. (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
- n. a position of highest authority
- n. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
- n. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
- n. availability for use
- v. demand as one's due
- v. make someone do something
- n. a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
- v. be in command of
- v. look down on
- n. the power or authority to 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. (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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