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Synonyms

order

verb

to tell someone to do something, or to say that something should be done, in a way that shows you have authority

order around

to keep telling someone what to do as if you have authority over them, in a way that annoys people

tell

verb

to order or strongly advise someone to do something

command

verb

to officially order someone to do something

dictate

verb

to tell someone exactly what to do and how to behave

instruct

verb

formal to tell someone to do something, especially officially or as their employer

boss around

to keep telling other people what to do

push around

to keep telling someone what to do in an unfair and unpleasant way

decree

verb

if a leader or government decrees something, they officially decide or order it

lay down the law

to tell someone what to do or how to behave in a way that shows that you expect them to obey you completely

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bid

verb

literary to order someone to do something

call someone’s bluff

to ask someone to do what they are threatening to do because you believe they do not intend to do it, but want to trick you in order to gain an advantage over you

charge

verb

formal to make someone officially responsible for doing something

defy someone to do something

to tell someone to prove that something is possible by doing it

delegate

verb

to give part of your work, duties, or responsibilities to someone who is junior to you

depute

verb

formal to give someone official authority to do something that you are responsible for doing

direct

verb

to tell or show someone the way to a place or where to go by giving them instructions or by pointing

direct

verb

formal to give someone instructions to do something

enforce

verb

to make sure that a law or rule is obeyed by people

enjoin someone to do something

to strongly advise or order someone to do something

give/say the word

to give someone an order to do something

lay down

to state officially what someone must do or how they must do it

let

verb

used for giving an order or instruction

moralise

a British spelling of moralize

moralize

verb

showing disapproval to tell people how they should behave, because you believe that your own opinion of right and wrong is the correct one

point

verb

to show someone what they should do

require

verb

if a rule, law, contract etc requires something, you must do that thing

run someone’s life

to keep telling someone what they should do in a way that is annoying

say

verb

informal to tell someone to do something

sermonise

a British spelling of sermonize

sermonize

verb

to tell someone how to behave in a morally correct way, although they do not want to hear it

set

verb

to give something to someone to do or to achieve

set down

formal to state officially how something should be done

show someone who’s boss

to show someone that you have more power or authority than they have

task

verb

to give someone a particular responsibility

tax with

to order someone to do something

throw your weight about/around

to use your authority to tell other people what to do in a rude and unpleasant way

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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