command

command [kə mand′, kəmänd′]
vt.
[ME commanden < OFr comander < VL * commandare < L com-, intens. + mandare, to commit, entrust: see MANDATE]
1. to give an order or orders to; direct with authority
2. to have authority or jurisdiction over; control
3. to have ready for use [to command a large vocabulary]
4. to deserve and get; require as due, proper, or becoming [to command respect]
5. to control or overlook from a higher position [the fort commands the entire valley]
6. Obs. to demand authoritatively
vi.
1. to exercise power or authority; be in control; act as a commander
2. to overlook, as from a height
n.
1. the act of commanding
2. an order; direction; mandate
3. authority to command
4. power to control or dominate by position
5. range of view
6. ability to have and use; mastery
7.
a) a military or naval force, organization, or district, under a specified authority or jurisdiction
b) AIR COMMAND
8. the post where the person in command is stationed
9. Comput.
a) a request entered on a terminal to have a particular function performed
b) INSTRUCTION (sense 3c)
SYN.- POWER, COMMAND, when it refers to a giving of orders, implies the formal exercise of absolute authority, as by a sovereign or military leader; ORDER often stresses peremptoriness, sometimes suggesting an arbitrary exercise of authority [I ordered him out of the house ]; DIRECT and INSTRUCT are both used in connection with supervision, as in business relations, INSTRUCT perhaps more often stressing explicitness of details in the directions given; ENJOIN suggests a directing with urgent admonition [he enjoined them to secrecy ] and sometimes implies a legal prohibition; CHARGE implies the imposition of a task as a duty, trust, or responsibility

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