Meaning of “command” in the English Dictionary

"command" in British English

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commandnoun

uk /kəˈmɑːnd/ us /kəˈmænd/

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.

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.

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  • The command was given to cease fire .
  • The general was relieved of his command in 1941.
  • Regiments are usually commanded by a colonel and are sometimes made up of soldiers from a particular city or part of the country.
  • We could hear the sergeant bellowing commands to his troops.
  • He obeys her every command.

commandverb

uk /kəˈmɑːnd/ us /kəˈmænd/

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.

[ I or T ] to control someone or something and tell him, her, or it what to do:

Colonel Sailing commands the Guards Regiment.

More examples

  • I commanded them to halt.
  • He commanded one of the Highland regiments.
  • He can't go round commanding people to do what he says.
  • He commanded the ship during the second world war.
  • The queen commands that you should go to her at once.

Commandnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɑːnd/ us /kəˈmænd/

(Definition of “command” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"command" in American English

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commandverb [ 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.

commandnoun

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.

(Definition of “command” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"command" in Business English

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commandnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɑːnd/ us

IT an instruction to a computer:

Jobs in manufacturing are more likely to involve typing in commands on a computer than pulling levers on machines.

(Definition of “command” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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