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Meaning of COMMAND

Pronunciation:  ku'mand

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  availability for use; "the materials at the command of the potters grew"
  2. [n]  the power or authority to command; "an admiral in command"
  3. [n]  great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French"
  4. [n]  (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
  5. [n]  an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  6. [n]  a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
  7. [n]  a position of highest authority; "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"
  8. [v]  make someone do something
  9. [v]  be in command of; "The general commanded a huge army"
  10. [v]  demand as one's due; "This speaker commands a high fee"; "The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
  11. [v]  exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
  12. [v]  look down on; "The villa dominates the town"

COMMAND is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bid, bidding, compel, control, control, dictation, dominate, instruction, mastery, overlook, overtop, program line, require, statement
 See Also: accessibility, authorisation, authority, authorization, availability, availableness, becharm, behest, burden, call, call the shots, call the tune, care, channelise, channelize, charge, charge, charm, code, command line, commandment, commission, computer code, computer program, computer programme, corner, deal, demand, direct, direction, disallow, dominance, dominate, dominate, draw rein, dwarf, enjoin, exact, forbid, force, general, govern, guide, handiness, handle, harness, head, hold, hold one's own, hold sway, injunction, interdict, internationalise, internationalize, lie, link, macro, macro instruction, manage, maneuver, manoeuvre, master, master, military force, military group, military unit, monopolise, monopolize, officer, open sesame, order, order, overshadow, point, position, preoccupy, preside, program, programme, prohibit, proscribe, regiment, rein, rein in, requisition, rule, saddle, say, say-so, shadow, skillfulness, speech act, status, steer, system error, tell, toggle, veto, wear the trousers



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    1. 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.
    2. To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to
       have at one's disposal; to lead.
             Monmouth commanded the English auxiliaries.
             Such aid as I can spare you shall command. --Shak.
    3. 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.
    4. 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
             'Tis not in mortals to command success. --Addison.
    5. To direct to come; to bestow. [Obs.]
             I will command my blessing upon you.  --Lev. xxv.
    Syn: To bid; order; direct; dictate; charge; govern; rule;
  2. \Com*mand"\, v. i.
    1. 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.
  3. \Com*mand"\, n.
    1. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an
             Awaiting what command their mighty chief Had to
             impose.                               --Milton.
    2. The possession or exercise of authority.
             Command and force may often create, but can never
             cure, an aversion.                    --Locke.
    3. Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the
       forces under his command.
    4. Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of
       position; scope of vision; survey.
             The steepy stand Which overlooks the vale with wide
             command.                              --Dryden.
    5. 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.
    6. 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}.
Computing Dictionary

A character string which tells a program to perform a specific action. Most commands take arguments which either modify the action performed or supply it with input. Commands may be typed by the user or read from a file by a command interpreter. It is also common to refer to menu items as commands.

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