[kuh-mand, -mahnd] /kəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd/
verb (used with object)
to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order:
The captain commanded his men to attack.
to require authoritatively; demand:
She commanded silence.
to have or exercise authority or control over; be master of; have at one’s bidding or disposal:
The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves.
to deserve and receive (respect, sympathy, attention, etc.):
He commands much respect for his attitude.
to dominate by reason of location; overlook:
The hill commands the sea.
to have authority over and responsibility for (a military or naval unit or installation); be in charge of.
verb (used without object)
to issue an order or orders.
to be in charge; have authority.
to occupy a dominating position; look down upon or over a body of water, region, etc.
the act of commanding or ordering.
an order given by one in authority:
The colonel gave the command to attack.
the possession or exercise of controlling authority:
a lieutenant in command of a platoon.
He has a command of French, Russian, and German.
British. a royal order.
power of dominating a region by reason of location; extent of view or outlook:
the command of the valley from the hill.
of, relating to, or for use in the exercise of command:
a command car; command post.
of or relating to a :
a command decision.
ordered by a sovereign, as if by a sovereign, or by the exigencies of a situation:
a command performance.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to order, require, or compel
to have or be in control or authority over (a person, situation, etc)
(transitive) to have knowledge or use of: he commands the language
(transitive) to receive as due or because of merit: his nature commands respect
to dominate (a view, etc) as from a height
an order; mandate
the act of commanding
the power or right to command
the exercise of the power to command
ability or knowledge; control: a command of French
(mainly military) the jurisdiction of a commander
a military unit or units commanding a specific area or function, as in the RAF
(computing) a word or phrase that can be selected from a menu or typed after a prompt in order to carry out an action
any of the three main branches of the Canadian military forces: Air Command
c.1300, from Old French comander “to order, enjoin, entrust” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *commandare, from Latin commendare “to recommend, entrust to” (see commend), altered by influence of Latin mandare “to commit, entrust” (see mandate (n.)). Replaced Old English bebeodan. Related: Commanded; commanding.
c.1400, “order, command,” from Old French comand (14c.), from comander (see command (v.)). Meaning “control, authority” is from mid-15c.
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
[kom-uh n-deer] /ˌkɒm ənˈdɪər/ verb (used with object) 1. to order or force into active military service. 2. to seize (private property) for military or other public use: The police officer commandeered a taxi and took off after the getaway car. 3. to seize arbitrarily. /ˌkɒmənˈdɪə/ verb (transitive) 1. to seize for public or military […]
[kuh-man-der, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn dər, -ˈmɑn-/ noun 1. a person who . 2. a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader. 3. the commissioned officer in of a military unit. 4. U.S. Navy. an officer ranking below a captain and above a . 5. a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit. 6. […]
[kuh-man-duh-ree, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn də ri, -ˈmɑn-/ noun, plural commanderies. 1. the office or rank of a commander. 2. the district of a commander. 3. a district controlled by a commander of certain medieval orders of knights. 4. a local branch or lodge of certain secret or fraternal orders.
noun, plural commanders in chief. 1. Also, Commander in Chief. the supreme commander of the armed forces of a nation or, sometimes, of several allied nations: The president is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. 2. an officer in command of a particular portion of an armed force who […]