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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


Synonymsrequire


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.


Synonymscontrol


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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