Definition of Command

1. Noun. An authoritative direction or instruction to do something.

Exact synonyms: Bid, Bidding, Dictation
Generic synonyms: Speech Act
Specialized synonyms: Countermand, Order, Charge, Commission, Direction, Commandment, Injunction, Behest, Open Sesame
Derivative terms: Bid, Bid, Dictate, Dictate

2. Verb. Be in command of. "The general commanded a huge army"
Specialized synonyms: General, Officer
Generic synonyms: Dominate, Master
Derivative terms: Commandant, Commander, Commander, Commander, Commander

3. Noun. A military unit or region under the control of a single officer.

4. Verb. Make someone do something. "They command him to write the letter"
Exact synonyms: Require
Generic synonyms: Enjoin, Order, Say, Tell
Specialized synonyms: Burden, Charge, Saddle, Requisition, Disallow, Forbid, Interdict, Nix, Prohibit, Proscribe, Veto
Derivative terms: Commandment, Requisition

5. Noun. The power or authority to command. ; "An admiral in command"

6. Verb. Demand as one's due. "The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
Generic synonyms: Demand, Exact

7. Noun. Availability for use. "The materials at the command of the potters grew"

8. Verb. Look down on. "The villa dominates the town"
Exact synonyms: Dominate, Overlook, Overtop
Generic synonyms: Lie
Specialized synonyms: Dwarf, Overshadow, Shadow
Derivative terms: Overlook

9. Noun. A position of highest authority. "The corporation has just undergone a change in command"
Generic synonyms: Position, Status

10. Verb. Exercise authoritative control or power over. "Command the military forces"

11. Noun. Great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity. "A good command of French"
Exact synonyms: Control, Mastery
Generic synonyms: Skillfulness
Derivative terms: Control, Control, Master

12. Noun. (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program.
Exact synonyms: Instruction, Program Line, Statement
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Code, Computer Code
Group relationships: Computer Program, Computer Programme, Program, Programme
Specialized synonyms: Call, Command Line, Link, Macro, Macro Instruction, System Error, Toggle

Definition of Command

1. v. t. To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.

2. v. i. To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.

3. n. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.

Definition of Command

1. Noun. An order, a compelling task given to an inferior or a machine. ¹

2. Noun. The right or authority to order, control or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience. ¹

3. Noun. power of control, direction or disposal; mastery. ¹

4. Noun. A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control. ¹

5. Noun. The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence. ¹

6. Noun. (military) A body or troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer. ¹

7. Noun. Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook. ¹

8. Noun. (computing) A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task. ¹

9. Noun. (baseball) The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To order, give orders; to compel or direct with authority. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To have or exercise supreme power, control or authority over, especially military; to have under direction or control. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To exact, compel or secure by my moral influence; to deserve, claim. ¹

15. Verb. To hold, to control the use of ¹

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Definition of Command

1. to direct with authority [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Command

comma bacillus
comma bundle of Schultze
comma splice
comma splices
comma tract of Schultze
command (current term)
command-line interpreter
command economies
command economy
command guidance
command key
command language
command line
command line interface
command line interfaces
command lines
command module
command overhead
command pattern
command patterns

Literary usage of Command

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1900)
"In July 1855 he was made a companion of the order of the Bath, and in the following month he was given command of the 2nd brigade of the 2nd division, ..."

2. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"Tho Athenians having in this way succeeded to tho command at tho wish of tho allies, owing to their hatred of Pausanias, arranged which of the states ..."

3. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses Simpson Grant (1885)
"HALLECK ASSUMES command IN THE FIELD — THE ADVANCE UPON CORINTH ... McClernand was assigned to the command of the reserve, composed of his own and Lew. ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, William Smith (1862)
"By a dangerous exception to the ancient maxims, command i • if • •• ... His command, indeed, was confined to those citizens who were engaged in the service ..."

5. The Theory of Moral Sentiments;, Or,, An Essay Towards an Analysis of the by Adam Smith (1804)
"The moft perfect knowledge, if it is not fup- ported by the moft perfect felf-command, will not always enable him to do his duty. ..."

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