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commands

noun
plural of command

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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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commands

verb
present tense third-person singular of 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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“Commands.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/commands. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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