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command

noun uk   /kəˈmɑːnd/ us    /-ˈmænd/

command noun (ORDER)

B2 [C] an order, especially one given by a soldier: You will run forward at (= when you hear) my command. When I give the command, fire! He hated being in the army because he had to obey commands.Instructions and orders C2 [U] control over someone or something and responsibility for him, her, or it: Colonel Sailing has command over/is in command of the Guards Regiment. Lee took command of the Confederate Army in 1862. The soldiers were under the command of a tough sergeant major.Power to control

command noun (COMPUTER)

C1 [C] an instruction to a computer to perform a particular actionInstructions and ordersComputer concepts

command noun (KNOWLEDGE)

B2 [S or U] a great knowledge of a subject and an ability to use that knowledge: She has an impressive command of the English language.Skill, talent and ability

command noun (VIEW)

[S] formal a view: the castle's position with its command of the surrounding countrysideScenery and views

command

verb uk   /kəˈmɑːnd/ us    /-ˈmænd/

command verb (ORDER)

[I or T] to give someone an order: [+ to infinitive] The officer commanded his men to shoot. [+ that] He commanded that the troops (should) cross the water.Giving orders and commands [I or T] to control someone or something and tell them or it what to do: Colonel Sailing commands the Guards Regiment.Giving orders and commands

command verb (RECEIVE)

[T] to deserve and get something good, such as attention, respect, or a lot of money: She was one of those teachers who just commanded respect. She commands one of the highest fees per film in Hollywood.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things

command verb (VIEW)

[T] formal to give a view: The master bedroom commands a view of rolling green hills.Scenery and views
(Definition of command noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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