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COMMAND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does command mean? 

COMMAND (noun)
  The noun COMMAND has 7 senses:

1. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
2. a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
3. the power or authority to command
4. availability for use
5. a position of highest authority
6. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
7. (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program

  Familiarity information: COMMAND used as a noun is common.


COMMAND (verb)
  The verb COMMAND has 5 senses:

1. be in command of
2. make someone do something
3. demand as one's due
4. look down on
5. exercise authoritative control or power over

  Familiarity information: COMMAND used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMMAND (noun)


Sense 1command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An authoritative direction or instruction to do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bid; bidding; command; dictation

Hypernyms ("command" is a kind of...):

speech act (the use of language to perform some act)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "command"):

open sesame (a magical command; used by Ali Baba)

behest (an authoritative command or request)

injunction (a formal command or admonition)

commandment (something that is commanded)

charge; commission; direction (a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something)

order ((often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed)

countermand (a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command)


Sense 2command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A military unit or region under the control of a single officer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("command" is a kind of...):

force; military force; military group; military unit (a unit that is part of some military service)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "command"):

ACC; Air Combat Command (a command that is the primary provider of air combat weapon systems to the United States Air Force; operates fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, battle-management, and rescue aircraft)

AFSPC; Air Force Space Command (a command of the United States Air Force that is responsible for defending the United States through its space and intercontinental ballistic missile operations)


Sense 3command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The power or authority to command

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

an admiral in command

Hypernyms ("command" is a kind of...):

authorisation; authority; authorization; dominance; potency; say-so (the power or right to give orders or make decisions)


Sense 4command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Availability for use

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the materials at the command of the potters grew

Hypernyms ("command" is a kind of...):

accessibility; availability; availableness; handiness (the quality of being at hand when needed)


Sense 5command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A position of highest authority

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

the corporation has just undergone a change in command

Hypernyms ("command" is a kind of...):

position; status (the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society)


Sense 6command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

mastery; command; control

Context example:

a good command of French

Hypernyms ("command" is a kind of...):

skillfulness (the state of being cognitively skillful)


Sense 7command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

program line; instruction; statement; command

Hypernyms ("command" is a kind of...):

code; computer code ((computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "command"):

system error (an instruction that is either not recognized by an operating system or is in violation of the procedural rules)

call (an instruction that interrupts the program being executed)

command line (commands that a user types in order to run an application)

link ((computing) an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list)

macro; macro instruction (a single computer instruction that results in a series of instructions in machine language)

toggle (any instruction that works first one way and then the other; it turns something on the first time it is used and then turns it off the next time)

Holonyms ("command" is a part of...):

computer program; computer programme; program; programme ((computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute)


COMMAND (verb)


Sense 1command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in command of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The general commanded a huge army

Hypernyms (to "command" is one way to...):

dominate; master (have dominance or the power to defeat over)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "command"):

officer (direct or command as an officer)

general (command as a general)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make someone do something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

command; compel; require

Hypernyms (to "command" is one way to...):

enjoin; order; say; tell (give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "command"):

burden; charge; saddle (impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to)

requisition (make a formal request for official services)

disallow; forbid; interdict; prohibit; proscribe; veto (command against)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They command him to write the letter


Sense 3command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Demand as one's due

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context examples:

This speaker commands a high fee / The author commands a fair hearing from his readers

Hypernyms (to "command" is one way to...):

demand; exact (claim as due or just)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Look down on

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

overtop; command; dominate; overlook

Context example:

The villa dominates the town

Hypernyms (to "command" is one way to...):

lie (be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "command"):

dwarf; overshadow; shadow (make appear small by comparison)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5command [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exercise authoritative control or power over

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

control; command

Context examples:

control the budget / Command the military forces

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "command"):

monopolise; monopolize (have and control fully and exclusively)

draw rein; harness; rein; rein in (control and direct with or as if by reins)

corner (gain control over)

preside (act as president)

dominate; master (have dominance or the power to defeat over)

becharm; charm (control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft)

govern; rule (exercise authority over; as of nations)

call the shots; call the tune; wear the trousers (exercise authority or be in charge)

regiment (subject to rigid discipline, order, and systematization)

govern (direct or strongly influence the behavior of)

preoccupy (engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively)

channelise; channelize; direct; guide; head; maneuver; manoeuver; manoeuvre; point; steer (direct the course; determine the direction of travelling)

steer (direct (oneself) somewhere)

hold one's own (maintain one's position and be in control of a situation)

care; deal; handle; manage (be in charge of, act on, or dispose of)

internationalise; internationalize (put under international control)

hold (take and maintain control over, often by violent means)

hold sway (be master; reign or rule)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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