Return to command (definition)

Com*mand" (?; 61), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Commanding.] [OE. comaunden, commanden, OF. comander, F. commander, fr. L. com- + mandare to commit to, to command. Cf. Commend, Mandate.]


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

We are commanded to forgive our enemies, but you never read that we are commanded to forgive our friends. Bacon.

Go to your mistress: Say, I command her come to me. Shak.


To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead.

Monmouth commanded the English auxiliaries. Macaulay.

Such aid as I can spare you shall command. Shak.


To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.

Bridges commanded by a fortified house. Motley.

Up to the eastern tower, Whose height commands as subject all the vale. Shak.

One side commands a view of the finest garden. Addison.


To have power or influence of the nature of authority over; to obtain as if by ordering; to reeceive as a due; to challenge; to claim; as, justice commands the respect and affections of the people; the best goods command the best price.

'Tis not in mortals to command success. Addison.


To direct to come; to bestow.


I will command my blessing upon you. Lev. xxv. 21.

Syn. -- To bid; order; direct; dictate; charge; govern; rule; overlook.


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Com*mand", v. i.


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

And reigned, commanding in his monarchy. Shak.

For the king had so commanded concerning [Haman]. Esth. iii. 2.


To have a view, as from a superior position.

Far and wide his eye commands. Milton.


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Com*mand", n.


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

A waiting what command their mighty chief Had to impose. Milton.


The possession or exercise of authority.

Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion. Locke.


Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.


Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.

Te steepy stand Which overlooks the vale with wide command. Dryden.


Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.

He assumed an absolute command over his readers. Druden.


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.

Word of command Mil., a word or phrase of definite and established meaning, used in directing the movements of soldiers; as, aim; fire; shoulder arms, etc.

Syn. -- Control; sway; power; authority; rule; dominion; sovereignty; mandate; order; injunction; charge; behest. See Direction.


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