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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: commands, commanding, commanded
definition 1: to forcefully order or direct.
The officer commanded his men to attack.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ] His father commanded him to give up this idea of becoming an actor and resume his studies.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ] The king commanded that the plotters be arrested and hanged.[verb + (that) + subjunctive clause ]
bid, charge, demand, direct, order, tell
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adjure, authorize, call, coerce, decree, dictate, enjoin, force, instruct, ordain, request, subpoena, will
definition 2: to lead and control.
The general commands his troops.
boss, direct, dominate, govern, head, lead, rule, supervise
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control, guide, manage, oversee, summon, superintend
definition 3: to require and receive.
The project commands his attention.
call for, demand, require
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definition 4: to dominate because of position; overlook.
Our house commands the whole valley.
dominate, overlook
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part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to give an order or orders.
direct, order
comply, obey
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demand, dictate, ordain, prescribe, require
definition 2: to exercise control or authority.
dominate, govern, rule
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administer, boss, manage, preside, prevail
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(v.)command + nounHelp allegiance, army, attention, authority, brigade, cavalry, control, dollar, fighter, fleet, following, headline, headquarters, infantry, loyalty, majority, platoon, post, premium, price, regiment, respect, salary, ship, shuttle, squadron, support, tent, unit [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of commanding.
control, direction, governance, government, leadership, rule, superintendency
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authority, demand, disposal, disposition, domination, proclamation, regulation
definition 2: a strong direction meant to be obeyed; order.
behest, charge, demand, dictate, direction, directive, imperative, instruction, order
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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.
authority, grasp, knowledge, mastery, understanding
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comprehension, control, grip, ken
definition 4: an organized unit of control, esp. in the military.
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arm, arm, band, company, platoon, regiment, squad, squadron, unit
definition 5: domination because of location or position.
control, dominance, vantage
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altitude, height, power
definition 6: a set of characters or symbols that constitute a direction for a computer to perform certain functions.
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adjective + (n.)command allied, central, centralized, civilian, coastal, direct, divine, forward, hierarchical, integrated, joint, makeshift, military, mobile, multinational, naval, northern, operational, overall, revolutionary, ruling, southern, spoken, strategic, subordinate, tactical, underground, unfit, unified, verbal  [See all][See only the most frequent]
verb + (n.)command assume, await, bark, combat, delete, disobey, disrupt, execute, issue, obey, punch, relieve, respond, resume, shout, tap, type
(n.)command + verb comply, control, coordinate, oversee
noun + (n.)command Help aerospace, air, airlift, battalion, bomber, chain, colonel, combat, commander, compliance, force, general, hierarchy, menu, military, missile, officer, second, unity, wish
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  action, computer, work
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The word command contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
mand Latin root that means give an order