Com·mand v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Commanding.]
1. To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.
We are commanded to forgive our enemies, but you never read that we are commanded to forgive our friends. --Bacon.
Go to your mistress:
Say, I command her come to me. --Shak.
2. To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead.
Monmouth commanded the English auxiliaries. --Macaulay.
Such aid as I can spare you shall command. --Shak.
3. To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.
Bridges commanded by a fortified house. --Motley.
Up to the eastern tower,
Whose height commands as subject all the vale. --Shak.
One side commands a view of the finest garden. --Addison.
4. To have power or influence of the nature of authority over; to obtain as if by ordering; to receive as a due; to challenge; to claim; as, justice commands the respect and affections of the people; the best goods command the best price.
'Tis not in mortals to command success. --Addison.
5. To direct to come; to bestow. [Obs.]
I will command my blessing upon you. --Lev. xxv. 21.
Syn: -- To bid; order; direct; dictate; charge; govern; rule; overlook.
Com·mand, v. i.
1. To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.
And reigned, commanding in his monarchy. --Shak.
For the king had so commanded concerning [Haman]. --Esth. iii. 2.
2. To have a view, as from a superior position.
Far and wide his eye commands. --Milton.
1. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.
Awaiting what command their mighty chief
Had to impose. --Milton.
2. The possession or exercise of authority.
Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion. --Locke.
3. Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.
4. Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.
The steepy stand
Which overlooks the vale with wide command. --Dryden.
5. Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.
He assumed an absolute command over his readers. --Dryden.
6. A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, or the whole territory under the authority or control of a particular officer.
Word of command Mil., a word or phrase of definite and established meaning, used in directing the movements of soldiers; as, aim; fire; shoulder arms, etc.
Syn: -- Control; sway; power; authority; rule; dominion; sovereignty; mandate; order; injunction; charge; behest. See Direction.
n 1: an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
[syn: bid, bidding, dictation]
2: a military unit or region under the control of a single
3: the power or authority to command; "an admiral in command"
4: availability for use; "the materials at the command of the
5: a position of highest authority; "the corporation has just
undergone a change in command"
6: great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or
activity; "a good command of French" [syn: control, mastery]
7: (computer science) a line of code written as part of a
computer program [syn: instruction, statement, program
v 1: be in command of; "The general commanded a huge army"
2: make someone do something [syn: require, compel]
3: demand as one's due; "This speaker commands a high fee";
"The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
4: look down on; "The villa dominates the town" [syn: dominate,
5: exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the
budget"; "Command the military forces" [syn: control]