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English noun: command

1. command (communication) an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

Synonymsbid, bidding, dictation

Broader (hypernym)speech act

Narrower (hyponym)behest, charge, commandment, commission, countermand, direction, injunction, open sesame, order

2. command (group) a military unit or region under the control of a single officer

Broader (hypernym)force, military force, military group, military unit

Narrower (hyponym)ACC, AFSPC, Air Combat Command, Air Force Space Command

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

3. command (attribute) the power or authority to command

SamplesAn admiral in command.

Broader (hypernym)authorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, potency, say-so

4. command (attribute) availability for use

SamplesThe materials at the command of the potters grew.

Broader (hypernym)accessibility, availability, availableness, handiness

5. command (state) a position of highest authority

SamplesThe corporation has just undergone a change in command.

Broader (hypernym)position, status

6. command (cognition) great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

SamplesA good command of French.

Synonymscontrol, mastery

Broader (hypernym)skillfulness

7. command (communication) (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program

Synonymsinstruction, program line, statement

Broader (hypernym)code, computer code

Narrower (hyponym)call, command line, link, macro, macro instruction, system error, toggle

Part meronymcomputer program, computer programme, program, programme

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

English verb: command

1. command (communication) be in command of

SamplesThe general commanded a huge army.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)dominate, master

Narrower (hyponym)general, officer

2. command (communication) make someone do something

ExamplesThey command him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)enjoin, order, say, tell

Narrower (hyponym)burden, charge, disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, requisition, saddle, veto

3. command (communication) demand as one's due

SamplesThis speaker commands a high fee.
The author commands a fair hearing from his readers.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)demand, exact

4. command (stative) look down on

SamplesThe villa dominates the town.

Synonymsdominate, overlook, overtop

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

Narrower (hyponym)dwarf, overshadow, shadow

5. command (social) exercise authoritative control or power over

SamplesControl the budget.
Command the military forces.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)becharm, call the shots, call the tune, care, channelise, channelize, charm, corner, deal, direct, dominate, draw rein, govern, govern, guide, handle, harness, head, hold, hold one's own, hold sway, internationalise, internationalize, manage, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, master, monopolise, monopolize, point, preoccupy, preside, regiment, rein, rein in, rule, steer, steer, wear the trousers

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