(noun, verb)


1. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

Similar word(s): bid, bidding, dictation

Definition categories: communication

2. a military unit or region under the control of a single officer

Definition categories: group, force

3. the power or authority to command

- an admiral in command

Definition categories: attribute, authority, authorization, dominance, potency

4. availability for use

- the materials at the command of the potters grew

Definition categories: attribute, accessibility, availability, availableness, handiness

5. a position of highest authority

- the corporation has just undergone a change in command

Definition categories: state, position, status

6. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

- a good command of French

Similar word(s): control, mastery

Definition categories: thought, skillfulness

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

Similar word(s): instruction, statement

Definition categories: communication, code

Sentences with command as a noun:

- I was given a command to cease shooting.

- to have command of an army

- he had command of the situation

- England has long held command of the sea

- a good command of language

- General Smith was placed in command.

- Command cannot be otherwise than savage, for it implies an appeal to force, should force be needful. (H. Spencer, Social Statics, p. 180)

- He's got good command tonight.


1. be in command of

- The general commanded a huge army

Definition categories: communication, dominate, master

2. make someone do something

Similar word(s): require

Definition categories: communication, enjoin, order, say, tell

3. demand as one's due

- This speaker commands a high fee

- The author commands a fair hearing from his readers

Definition categories: communication, demand, exact

4. look down on

Similar word(s): dominate, overlook, overtop

Definition categories: stative, lie

5. exercise authoritative control or power over

- Command the military forces

Similar word(s): control

Definition categories: social

Sentences with command as a verb:

- The soldier was commanded to cease firing.

- The king commanded his servant to bring him dinner.

- to command an army or a ship

- he commanded silence

- If thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Mat. IV. 3.)

- Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)

- A good magistrate commands the respect and affections of the people.

- Justice commands the respect and affections of the people.

- The best goods command the best price.

- This job commands a salary of £30,000.

- The fort commanded the bay.