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Noun: command  ku'mãnd
  1. An authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    - bid, bidding, dictation
     
  2. (military) a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
     
  3. The power or authority to command
    "an admiral in command"
     
  4. Availability for use
    "the materials at the command of the potters grew"
     
  5. A position of highest authority
    "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"
     
  6. Great skilfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
    "a good command of French";
    - control, mastery
     
  7. (computing) a line of code written as part of a computer program
    - instruction, statement, program line
Verb: command  ku'mãnd
  1. Be in command of
    "The general commanded a huge army"
     
  2. Make someone do something
    - require
     
  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 commands the town";
    - dominate, overlook, overtop
     
  5. Exercise authoritative control or power over
    "Command the military forces";
    - control

Derived forms: commands, commanding, commanded

Type of: accessibility, authorisation [Brit], authority, authorization, availability, availableness, code, computer code, demand, dominance, dominate, enjoin, exact, force, handiness, lie, master, military force, military group, military unit, order, position, potency, say, say-so, skilfulness [Brit, Cdn], skillfulness [N. Amer], speech act, status, tell

Part of: computer program, computer programme [Brit], program, programme [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Command, control, communications