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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun command:

dictationbidcommandinstructionstatementcontrol

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb command:

commandoverlookdominatecontrolrequire
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Definition of the noun command

What does command mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: commands

  1. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of command: bid / bidding / dictation
    • more generic term: speech act = the use of language to perform some act
    • more specific terms:
      • countermand = a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
      • order = a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
      • commission / direction / charge = a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
      • commandment = something that is commanded
      • injunction = a formal command or admonition
      • behest = an authoritative command or request
      • open sesame = a magical command
  2. a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
  3. the power or authority to command
  4. availability for use
  5. a position of highest authority
    • example: the corporation has just undergone a change in command
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: position / status = the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  6. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
    • example: a good command of French
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of command: control / mastery
    • more generic word: skillfulness = the state of being cognitively skillful
  7. (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
    • domain: computer science / computing
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of command: instruction / program line / statement
    • more generic terms: code / computer code = the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions
    • more specific terms:
      • call = an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
      • command line = commands that a user types in order to run an application
      • link = an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list
      • macro instruction / macro = a single computer instruction that results in a series of instructions in machine language
      • system error = an instruction that is either not recognized by an operating system or is in violation of the procedural rules
      • toggle = any instruction that works first one way and then the other
    • part of: computer program / computer programme / program / programme = a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute

Alternative definition of the noun command

noun

  1. An order, a compelling task given to an inferior or a machine.
  2. The right or authority to order, control or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience.
  3. power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.
  4. A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.
  5. The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence.
  6. [military] A body or troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer.
  7. Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.
  8. [computing] A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.
  9. [baseball] The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.

Definition of the verb command

What does command mean as a doing word?

Command is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: commanded | commanding | commands

  1. be in command of
    • example: The general commanded a huge army
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: dominate / master = have dominance or the power to defeat over
    • more specific words:
      • general = command as a general
      • officer = direct or command as an officer
  2. make someone do something
    • example: They command him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause]He ordered that she should come immediately
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause, not tensed]John ordered that she come immediately

      Order Verbs (with the same syntax): ask, demand, order, require.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of command: require
    • more generic words: enjoin / order / say / tell = give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    • more specific words:
  3. demand as one's due
    • examples: This speaker commands a high fee | The author commands a fair hearing from his readers
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: demand / exact = claim as due or just
  4. look down on
  5. exercise authoritative control or power over

Alternative definition of the verb command

verb

  1. [transitive] To order, give orders; to compel or direct with authority.
  2. [transitive] To have or exercise supreme power, control or authority over, especially military; to have under direction or control.
  3. [transitive] To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.
  4. [transitive] to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.
  5. [transitive] To exact, compel or secure by my moral influence; to deserve, claim.
  6. To hold, to control the use of

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Who is Command?

Command is a musical artist, musician.

Phrases with Command

Phrases starting with the word Command:

  1. command key
  2. command line
  3. command post
  4. command module
  5. command prompt
  6. command guidance
  7. command language
  8. command overhead
  9. command line interface
  10. command sergeant major

Phrases ending with the word Command:

  1. C-command
  2. air command
  3. high command
  4. self-command
  5. Take Command
  6. system command
  7. Trains Command
  8. second-in-command
  9. air combat command

Other phrase containing the word Command:

  1. allied command europe

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Command

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Google previewThe Legacy of John Austin's Jurisprudence (2012)

by Michael Freeman, Patricia Mindus

A command is a wish or desire conceived by a rational being that another rational being shall do or forbear, “with an evil to be inflicted and incurred in case the wish be disregarded.” A command is a duty, when it is backed by a sanction.

Google previewThe Artillerists̓ Manual, and British Soldiers̓ Compendium (1859)

by Frederick Augustus Griffiths

A Command is the vertical elevation of one work above ...

Google previewThe Artillerist's Manual, and British Soldier's Compendium ... Seventh Edition (1856)

by Frederick Augustus GRIFFITHS

A Command is the vertical elevation of one work above another, or above the country.

Google previewFormal Description of Programming Concepts (1991)

by Erich Neuhold, Manfred Paul

Since the basic command is an assignment statement, whose effect is a transformation of the current state, and all the...

Google previewDepartment of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (2011)

As Amended Through April 2010 by Barry Leonard

A analog A&P administrative and personnel; analysis and production A2C2 Army airspace command and control A-3 Operations Directorate (COMAFFOR) A-4 Air Force logistics directorate A-5 Plans Directorate (COMAFFOR) AA assessment ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

COMMAND.COM: A computer program command that accesses and executes user/operator input; is used with DOS; Bourne, Korn, and C shells with UNIX operating systems. COMMAND INTERPRETER: Software that can access and execute ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of US Air Force aircraft and missile systems

AAF Army Air Forces ADC Air Defense Command, Aerospace Defense Command ADO Advanced Development Objective AFB Air Force Base AFCS Automatic Flight Control System AFLC Air Force Logistics Command AFR Air Force Reserve ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2007)

by Graham Gooch, Michael Williams

C Command Paper ( 1870-99)* CCC-IR Central Command Complex C8zC Command and Control Information ...

Google previewDictionary of the First World War (2007)

by Stephen Pope, Elizabeth-Anne Wheal

Promoted to command the First Army whenUS forceswere reorganizedinOctober, heplanned the attackon thesouthern section of the HINDENBURG LINE that broughtUS forces totheGerman border by November. Remaining in Europeuntil ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of NATO and Other International Security Organizations (2008)

by Marco Rimanelli

CENTRAL COMMAND; U.S. EUROPEAN COMMAND. “UNITING FOR PEACE RESOLUTION” (or ACHESON PLAN, 1950), UN. The “Uniting for Peace Resolution” (3 ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States-Southeast Asia Relations (2008)

by Donald E. Weatherbee

UNITED STATES PACIFIC COMMAND Q 373 ademic institutions, as well as governments. Its founding president was a former US. ambassador to Indonesia, Edward E. Masters. UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE (USIP). Established ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1987)

Volume 18 - Supplement 3: Computers in SPateflight: The NASA Experience by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Requirements for active control during the kick stage burn meant that real-time control programs would have to be written to operate within a 20-millisecond cycle, roughly three times faster than the command computer*1. An executive for the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of World War II (2013)

The War against Germany and Italy by Anne Sharp Wells

commander in chief, Bomber Command, February 1942– September 1945.

Harris became the head of the RAF's Bomber Command on 22 February 1942 and held the post for the rest of the war.

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Quotes about Command

Command your wealth, else that will command you.
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3M3A1N1D2

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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