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command

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1 a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned
  • the captain's 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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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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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 one's own
  • local government does not command the resources that are needed to respond to such a huge disaster

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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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Noun

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

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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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The first known use of command was in the 14th century

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“Command.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/command. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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