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Definitions of command

  1. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  2. look down on; " The villa dominates the town"
  3. availability for use; " the materials at the command of the potters grew"
  4. the power or authority to command; " an admiral in command"
  5. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; " a good command of French"
  6. ( computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
  7. a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
  8. a position of highest authority; " the corporation has just undergone a change in command"
  9. make someone do something
  10. be in command of; " The general commanded a huge army"
  11. exercise authoritative control or power over; " control the budget"; " Command the military forces"
  12. demand as one's due; " This speaker commands a high fee"; " The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
  13. To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.
  14. To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead.
  15. To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.
  16. 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; as, justice commands the respect and affections of the people; the best goods command the best price.
  17. To direct to come; to bestow.
  18. To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.
  19. To have a view, as from a superior position.
  20. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.
  21. The possession or exercise of authority.
  22. Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.
  23. Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.
  24. Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.
  25. 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.
  26. To order or charge with authority; control; exercise supreme authority over; lead; to overlook, as from a height; to exact; to be able to obtain.
  27. To act as a leader; to rule.
  28. Authority; an order or mandate; a dominating situation; power to control; a naval or military force under a certain officer.
  29. To order: to bid: to exercise supreme authority over: to have within sight, influence, or control.
  30. To have chief authority: message: the ability to overlook or influence: the thing commanded.
  31. An order; behest; the thing commanded.
  32. To have chief authority.
  33. To order; govern; have within sight or influence.
  34. To order with authority; require; enjoin.
  35. To have under control; be master of; overlook, as from a height; cover; guard; be able to obtain.
  36. To claim irresistibly.
  37. To be in authority; rule.
  38. The right to command; act of commanding; control; mastery; authority.
  39. An order; commandment.
  40. The force or district commanded.
  41. The right, power, or act of commanding; supreme power or authority; mandate or order given; the power of overlooking; a body of troops, or any naval or military force or station, under the command of a particular officer.
  42. To order; to control; to have in power; to dominate or overlook; to enforce.
  43. To have or exercise supreme authority or influence.
  44. Right, power, or authority over; an order or message with authority; a naval or military force under the authority of a particular officer.
  45. To bid, order, or charge with authority; to govern or direct; to have power over; to have within the observation of the eye.
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Quotes of command

  1. Our system provides for a winner to take office on January 20th, and he is expected to take command of the ship of state. Failure to do so, characterized by hesitation and indecision, will harm the national interest. – Richard V. Allen
  2. Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command – Henri Frederic Amiel
  3. When we started out in '64, um, I was playing Number One, which was a woman second in command of a star ship. – Majel Barrett
  4. All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success. – Dorthea Brande
  5. What is the thread of western civilization that distinguished its course in history? It has to do with the preoccupation of western man with his outward command and his sense of superiority. – Arthur Erickson
  6. Command that your marshal be careful to be present over the household, and especially in the hall, to keep the household, within doors and without, respectable, without dispute or noise, or bad words. – Robert Grosseteste
  7. Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself. – Horace
  8. My command less than ten thousand, had found the battle on the Plank road in retreat, little less than a panic. In a few hours we changed defeat to victory, the broken divisions of the Third Corps rallying in their rear. – James Longstreet
  9. It is made the duty of every Commanding Officer in the Department, to arrest and send to these Headquarters, under guard, every officer or soldier who may be found absent from his command without the regular leave in writing, prescribed by Regulations and General Orders. – John H. Morgan
  10. I immediately called the command center of the Department of Justice to let them know that my wife was on a plane that had been hijacked. I mainly wanted them know there was another hijacked plane out there. – Ted Olson
  11. Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives. – Tony Robbins
  12. In our system leadership is by consent, not command To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership. – Donald Rumsfeld
  13. When people have asked if I'd like to go in the Shuttle, I said you don't get to fly it, except for landing, which I'd love to do. I wouldn't go unless I could command it. – Wally Schirra
  14. Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command – Alan Watts
  15. I feel that I, and the people under my command tried to use all the traditional methods of recruiting agents which were also used by other intelligence services; adopting also means like pressure, money, sex- but that did not characterize my service. – Markus Wolf

Usage examples for command

  1. From the moment he entered the room he took command of us all. – Black Rock by Ralph Connor
  2. I will do whatever you command me." – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  3. Yes; but I think that now I ought to go back and tell you something about your own command – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  4. If I can be of any use to you, I think you know you may command me. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  5. She spoke in a tone of command – Home Scenes, and Home Influence A Series of Tales and Sketches by T. S. Arthur
  6. I feared that the stars would eat me if I did not obey their command and now they have come. – Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole
  7. Instantly the word of command was given. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  8. " Now, I was a thinking this- er- way lately: 'Spose young Hertford came and took command 'stead of young Morley? – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  9. " I'll not talk if you command me not to. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  10. If I could command her! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  11. He could command himself no more. – Falkland, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12. Then, I beg and command thee not to fast, except, when thou canst, on the days commanded by Holy Church. – Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Catherine Benincasa
  13. And here she is, wide awake and in full command of the Ostend- Dunkirk expedition. – A Journal of Impressions in Belgium by May Sinclair
  14. Very well; hold your command here until I send other orders. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  15. I'm in command and I like it. – Deadly City by Paul W. Fairman
  16. Again McNish took command – To Him That Hath A Novel Of The West Of Today by Ralph Connor
  17. At your command Sir! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  18. On the command Go!" – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  19. It looked so easy to command a company when some one else was doing it; it was hard when he tried it himself. – The Red Acorn by John McElroy
  20. If so be, Miss Midget, I can do anything for you, you've only to command – Marjorie's Vacation by Carolyn Wells