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[n] availability for use; "the materials at the command of the potters grew"
[n] the power or authority to command; "an admiral in command"
[n] great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French"
[n] (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
[n] an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
[n] a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
[n] a position of highest authority; "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"
[v] make someone do something
[v] be in command of; "The general commanded a huge army"
[v] demand as one's due; "This speaker commands a high fee"; "The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
[v] exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
[v] look down on; "The villa dominates the town"

Misc. Definitions

\Com*mand"\ (?; 61), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Commanded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commanding}.] [OE. comaunden, commanden, OF. comander, F. commander, fr. L. com- + mandare to commit to, to command. Cf. {Commend}, {Mandate}.]
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. 2
1. 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.
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2. To have a view, as from a superior position. Far and wide his eye commands. --Milton.
\Com*mand"\, n.
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}.

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