Command

Definition of Command

Com`mand´
v. t.1.To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.
[imp. & p. p. Commanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Commanding.]
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.
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.
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.
I will command my blessing upon you.
- Lev. xxv. 21.
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. 2.
2.To have a view, as from a superior position.
Far and wide his eye commands.
- Milton.
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.

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