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"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 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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  • command noun (VIEW)

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

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.

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  • command verb (VIEW)

[T] formal to give a view: The master bedroom commands a view of rolling green hills.

Commandnoun [C]

uk   /kəˈmɑːnd/  us   /kəˈmænd/
a group of soldiers or an area controlled by a commander: Western Command
(Definition of command from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"command" in Business English

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commandnoun [C]

uk   us   /kəˈmɑːnd/
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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