command - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlecommanding
past tensecommanded
past participlecommanded
  1. 1
    [transitive] to be the leader of a group of people, especially in the armed forces

    The platoon was commanded by Lt. John F. Williams.

    1. a.
      to be in charge of an activity that involves a group of people, especially in the armed forces

      Lovell commanded the Apollo 13 mission to the moon.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to officially order someone to do something
    command someone to do something:

    He commanded his men to retreat.

    command (that):

    The King commanded that she be executed.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to have something such as people’s respect or attention

    He commands the respect of everyone who works for him.

  4. 4
    [transitive] formal to have a particular price or value, especially a high one

    Ivory still commands a very high price.

  5. 5
    [transitive] formal if a place commands a view, you can see that view from it
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