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noun command pronunciation in American English /kəˈmænd/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an official order

    Who gave the command to open fire?

  2. 2
    [countable] computing an instruction that you give to a computer to make it do something

    the log-on command

  3. 3
    [uncountable] control of a group of people, especially in the military
    in command:

    Franco was in overall command of the military.

    be under someone’s command:

    The battleship is under the command of Captain Blake.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] control of something such as a situation or your feelings
    take command (of something):

    The home team soon took command of the game.

    in command of yourself/your emotions etc.:

    He tries to project the image of a man in command of himself.

  5. 5
    [countable] a section of the military that does a particular job and has its own leader


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