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command

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1 a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned

  • the captainʼs commands were followed without question
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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
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3 the place from which a commander runs operations

  • the general set up his command in the old port city
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4 a place from which authority is exercised

  • central command
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5 the right or means to command or control others

  • the army officer in command during the attack
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6 all that can be seen from a certain point

  • from his mountain perch, the scout had a command of the entire valley
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power, authority, jurisdiction, control, command, sway, dominion mean the right to govern or rule or determine. power implies possession of ability to wield force, authority, or influence.
    • the power to mold public opinion
authority implies power for a specific purpose within specified limits.
    • granted the authority to manage her estate
jurisdiction applies to official power exercised within prescribed limits.
    • the bureau having jurisdiction over parks
control stresses the power to direct and restrain.
    • you are responsible for the students under your control
command implies the power to make arbitrary decisions and compel obedience.
    • the army officer in command
sway suggests the extent of exercised power or influence.
    • the empire extended its sway over the region
dominion stresses sovereign power or supreme authority.
    • given dominion over all the animals

command

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1 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority

  • the general commanded his troops with Caesar-like imperiousness
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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
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call for

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3 to ask for (something) earnestly or with authority

  • an act of courage that commands the admiration of all who witnessed it
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4 to exercise authority or power over

  • a cabinet secretary who commands the largest department in the federal government
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5 to keep, control, or experience as oneʼs own

  • local government does not command the resources that are needed to respond to such a huge disaster
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rejoice in

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6 to look down on

  • for centuries an imposing castle has commanded that stretch of the river
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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
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8 to set or receive as a price

  • commands a high fee for his decorating services
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command, order, bid, enjoin, direct, instruct, charge mean to issue orders. command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality. command stresses official exercise of authority.
    • a general commanding troops
order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise.
    • ordered his employees about like slaves
bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants).
    • she bade him be seated
enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude.
    • a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet
direct and instruct both connote expectation of obedience and usually concern specific points of procedure or method, instruct sometimes implying greater explicitness or formality.
    • directed her assistant to hold all calls
    • the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark
charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility.
    • charged by the President with a secret mission


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