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Synonyms and Antonyms of command

  1. 1 a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned <the captain's commands were followed without question> Synonyms behest, charge, commandment, decree, dictate, direction, directive, do, edict, imperative, injunction, instruction, order, word Related Words demand, requirement; mandate; countermand, counterorder; law, precept, prescript, prescription, rule; ordinance, regulation, statute Near Antonyms appeal, entreaty, petition, plea, urging; proposal, recommendation, suggestion

  2. 2 a highly developed skill in or knowledge of something <a command of French that is the result of a year spent in France as an exchange student> Synonyms IQ, mastership, mastery, proficiency Related Words virtuosity; facility, hang; fluency, literacy; experience, expertise, know-how, practice (also practise), skill(s); acquaintance, familiarity, intimacy Near Antonyms incompetence, incompetency; ignorance, illiteracy, unfamiliarity

  3. 3 the place from which a commander runs operations <the general set up his command in the old port city> Synonyms base, command post, headquarters Related Words home, seat

  4. 4 a place from which authority is exercised <central command> Synonyms seat, headquartersRelated Words high command; center, home; capital

  5. 5 the right or means to command or control others <the army officer in command during the attack> Synonyms arm, authority, clutch, power, control, death grip, dominion, grip, hold, mastery, reign, rein(s), swayRelated Words clout, influence, leverage, pull, voice, weight; jurisdiction; direction, management; dominance, imperium, predominance, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy; prerogative, privilege, right; eminence, importance, momentNear Antonyms helplessness, weaknessAntonyms impotence, impotency, powerlessness

  6. 6 all that can be seen from a certain point <from his mountain perch, the scout had a command of the entire valley> Synonyms view, lookout, outlook, panorama, perspective, prospect, vistaRelated Words landscape, scene, scenery; ken, sight; visual field



Synonyms and Antonyms of command

  1. 1 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority <the general commanded his troops with Caesar-like imperiousness> Synonyms adjure, bid, boss (around), charge, direct, enjoin, instruct, order, tell Related Words ask, petition, request; beg, beseech, entreat; advise, counsel, warn; appoint, assign, authorize, commission; oversee, superintend, supervise; conduct, control, lead, manage; coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige, require Near Antonyms comply (with), follow, keep, observe Antonyms mind, obey

  2. 2 to request the doing of by virtue of one's authority <the governor has commanded that all state flags be flown at half-mast> Synonyms call, decree, dictate, direct, mandate, ordain, order Related Words ask, petition, request; demand, require Phrases call for Near Antonyms cancel, countermand, rescind

  3. 3 to ask for (something) earnestly or with authority <an act of courage that commands the admiration of all who witnessed it> Synonyms call (for), claim, clamor (for), demand, enjoin, exact, insist (on), press (for), quest, stipulate (for)Related Words ask, plead (for), request, want; cry (for), necessitate, need, require, take, warrant; requisition; impose; badger, dun, harass, houndNear Antonyms give up, relinquish, surrender, yield

  4. 4 to exercise authority or power over <a cabinet secretary who commands the largest department in the federal government> Synonyms boss, captain, govern, control, preside (over), rule, sway [archaic]Related Words conduct, direct, head, lead; administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise; dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize; conquer, subdue, subjugate

  5. 5 to keep, control, or experience as one's own <local government does not command the resources that are needed to respond to such a huge disaster> Synonyms have, enjoy, hold, own, possess, retainRelated Words keep, reserve, withhold; bear, carry; boast, show off, sportNear Antonyms abandon, cede, disclaim, disown, hand over, relinquish, renounce, surrender, yield; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; need, requireAntonyms lack, want

  6. 6 to look down on <for centuries an imposing castle has commanded that stretch of the river> Synonyms overlook, dominateRelated Words face, front

  7. 7 to serve as leader of <the head of the agency commands an army of workers trained to respond to the immediate needs of disaster victims> Synonyms boss, captain, lead, head, spearheadRelated Words control, dominate; direct, govern, handle, manage, oversee, regulate, run, superintend, superviseNear Antonyms bow (to), comply (with), defer (to), follow, obey, serve, submit (to), yield (to)

  8. 8 to set or receive as a price <commands a high fee for his decorating services> Synonyms ask, charge, demandRelated Words overcharge, undercharge; bring, fetch, sell (for); discount, mark down, mark up; assess, bill, invoice; price, value

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