—commandable, adj./keuh mand", -mahnd"/, v.t.1. to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order: The captain commanded his men to attack.2. to require authoritatively; demand: She commanded silence.3. to have or exercise authority or control over; be master of; have at one's bidding or disposal: The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves.4. to deserve and receive (respect, sympathy, attention, etc.): He commands much respect for his attitude.5. to dominate by reason of location; overlook: The hill commands the sea.6. to have authority over and responsibility for (a military or naval unit or installation); be in charge of.v.i.7. to issue an order or orders.8. to be in charge; have authority.9. to occupy a dominating position; look down upon or over a body of water, region, etc.n.10. the act of commanding or ordering.11. an order given by one in authority: The colonel gave the command to attack.12. Mil.a. an order in prescribed words, usually given in a loud voice to troops at close-order drill: The command was "Right shoulder arms!"b. the order of execution or the second part of any two-part close-order drill command, as face in Right face!d. a body of troops or a station, ship, etc., under a commander.13. the possession or exercise of controlling authority: a lieutenant in command of a platoon.15. Brit. a royal order.16. power of dominating a region by reason of location; extent of view or outlook: the command of the valley from the hill.17. Computers.a. an electric impulse, signal, or set of signals for initiating an operation in a computer.b. a character, symbol, or item of information for instructing a computer to perform a specific task.c. a single instruction.adj.18. of, pertaining to, or for use in the exercise of command: a command car; command post.19. of or pertaining to a commander: a command decision.20. ordered by a sovereign, as if by a sovereign, or by the exigencies of a situation: a command performance.[1250-1300; (v.) ME coma(u)nden < AF com(m)a(u)nder, OF comander < ML commandare, equiv. to L com- COM- + mandare to entrust, order (cf. COMMEND); (n.) late ME comma(u)nde < AF, OF, n. deriv. of the v.]Syn. 1. bid, demand, charge, instruct, enjoin. See direct. 3. govern, control, oversee, manage, lead. See rule. 4. exact, compel, require, claim, secure. 10. direction, bidding, injunction, charge, mandate, instruction. 13. ascendancy, sway, domination.Ant. 1, 7. obey.
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