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  1. com·mand
  2. verb

    • 1. give an authoritative order:

      a gruff voice commanded us to enter “Stop arguing!” he commanded he commanded that work should cease my mother commands my presence
      Synonym : order, give orders to, give the order to, tell, direct, instruct, call on, enjoin, adjure, charge, require, prescribe, bid
    • 2. have authority over; be in charge of (a unit):

      he commanded a battalion at Normandy
    • 3. control or restrain (oneself or one's feelings):

      he commanded himself with an effort
    • 4. dominate (a strategic position) from a superior height:

      the two castles commanded the harbor
      Synonym : be in charge of, be in command of, have charge of, have control of, be the leader of, be the boss of, preside over, be in authority over, hold sway over, head, lead, rule, govern, control, direct, guide, manage, supervise, superintend, oversee, be in the driver's seat, be in the saddle, be at the helm, take the chair, head up, run the show, call the shots, call the tune
    • 5. be in a strong enough position to have or secure (something):

      no party commanded a majority a moral force that commanded respect
      Synonym : receive, be given, get, gain, obtain, secure


  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: command, 3rd person present: commands, gerund or present participle: commanding, past tense: commanded, past participle: commanded

    • verb

      give an authoritative or peremptory order:

      have authority over; be in charge of (a unit):

    • noun

      an authoritative order:

      authority, especially over armed forces:

    • noun

      the detachable control portion of a manned spacecraft.
    • noun

      the ability to control one's emotions; self-control.
    • adjective

      (of a program or computer) operated by means of commands keyed in by the user or issued by another program or computer.
    • noun

      a presentation of a play, concert, opera, or other show at the request of royalty.
    • noun

      an economy in which production, investment, prices, and incomes are determined centrally by a government.
    • noun

      the place from which a military unit is commanded.
    • noun

      the commander in chief and associated senior staff of an army, navy, or air force.
    • noun

      a computer programming language composed chiefly of a set of commands or operators, used especially for communicating with the operating system of a computer:
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