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command

com·mand

command

 
 
pronunciation:
k maend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: commanded, commanding, commands
definition 1: to forcefully order or direct.
The officer commanded his men to attack.His father commanded him to give up this idea of becoming an actor and resume his studies.The king commanded that the plotters be arrested and hanged.
synonyms:
bid, charge, demand, direct, order, tell
antonyms:
obey
similar words:
adjure, authorize, call, coerce, decree, dictate, enjoin, force, instruct, ordain, request, subpoena, will
definition 2: to lead and control.
The general commands his troops.
synonyms:
boss, direct, dominate, govern, head, lead, rule, supervise
similar words:
control, guide, manage, oversee, summon, superintend
definition 3: to require and receive.
The project commands his attention.
synonyms:
call for, demand, require
similar words:
exact
definition 4: to dominate because of position; overlook.
Our house commands the whole valley.
synonyms:
dominate, overlook
similar words:
survey
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to give an order or orders.
synonyms:
direct, order
antonyms:
comply, obey
similar words:
demand, dictate, ordain, prescribe, require
definition 2: to exercise control or authority.
synonyms:
dominate, govern, rule
similar words:
administer, boss, manage, preside, prevail
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of commanding.
synonyms:
control, direction, governance, government, leadership, rule, superintendency
similar words:
authority, demand, disposal, disposition, domination, proclamation, regulation
definition 2: a strong direction meant to be obeyed; order.
synonyms:
behest, charge, demand, dictate, direction, directive, imperative, instruction, order
similar words:
bidding, call, decree, edict, law, mandate, ordinance, regulation, request, rule, statute, subpoena, summons, ultimatum, word
definition 3: control or mastery.
He has a good command of physics.
synonyms:
authority, grasp, knowledge, mastery, understanding
similar words:
comprehension, control, grip, ken
definition 4: an organized unit of control, esp. in the military.
similar words:
arm, arm, band, company, platoon, regiment, squad, squadron, unit
definition 5: domination because of location or position.
synonyms:
control, dominance, vantage
similar words:
altitude, height, power
definition 6: a set of characters or symbols that constitute a direction for a computer to perform certain functions.
synonyms:
macro
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