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English definition of “command”


noun (ORDER)    /kəˈmɑːnd/ US  /-ˈmænd/
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 Grammar:Commands and instructionsGrammar:Giving commandsWe often use an imperative in commands, and we also use must. They both sound very direct:Grammar:Giving instructionsWe use instructions to tell someone how to do something. We usually use imperatives. They do not sound too direct in this context:
(Definition of command noun (ORDER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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