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command

verb [T]  us   /kəˈmænd/

command verb [T] (ORDER)

to give someone an order or orders with authority: The police commanded the driver to stop the car.

command verb [T] (RECEIVE)

to deserve and receive because of special qualities or actions: She commands one of the highest salaries in Hollywood.

command

noun  us   /kəˈmænd/

command noun (KNOWLEDGE)

[U] a good knowledge of something and the ability to use it: The study of physics requires a command of mathematics.

command noun (ORDER)

[C/U] an order, or the authority to give orders: [C] “When I give the command, fall in!” the officer shouted. [U] General MacArthur took command of (= took military control over) United Nations forces in South Korea. [C/U] In computing, a command is an instruction to a computer to perform a specific action.
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