command ( commands plural & 3rd person present) ( commanding present participle) ( commanded past tense & past participle )
1 verb If someone in authority commands you to do something, they tell you that you must do it.
He commanded his troops to attack... V n to-inf
`Get in your car and follow me,' he commanded... V with quote
He commanded that roads be built to link castles across the land... V that
`Don't panic,' I commanded myself. V n with quote
Command is also a noun., n-var
The tanker failed to respond to a command to stop..., ...the note of command in his voice.
2 verb If you command something such as respect or obedience, you obtain it because you are popular, famous, or important.
...an excellent physician who commanded the respect of all his colleagues... V n
3 verb If an army or country commands a place, they have total control over it.
Yemen commands the strait at the southern end of the Red Sea. V n
Command is also a noun., n-uncount usu N of n
...the struggle for command of the air.
4 verb An officer who commands part of an army, navy, or air force is responsible for controlling and organizing it.
...the French general who commands the UN troops in the region... V n
He didn't just command. He personally fought in several heavy battles. V
Command is also a noun., n-uncount
In 1942 he took command of 108 Squadron.
5 n-count-coll In the armed forces, a command is a group of officers who are responsible for organizing and controlling part of an army, navy, or air force.
usu supp N
He had authorisation from the military command to retaliate...
6 n-count In computing, a command is an instruction that you give to a computer.
7 n-uncount If someone has command of a situation, they have control of it because they have, or seem to have, power or authority.
Mr Baker would take command of the campaign..., In times of currency crisis interest rates can raised as a sign that a government is in command.
8 n-uncount Your command of something, such as a foreign language, is your knowledge of it and your ability to use this knowledge.
N of n
His command of English was excellent.
10 If you have a particular skill or particular resources at your command, you have them and can use them fully. FORMAL
have sth at one's command phrase The country should have the right to defend itself with all legal means at its command.
command economy ( command economies plural ) In a command economy, business activities and the use of resources are decided by the government, and not by market forces. (BUSINESS) n-count
...the Czech Republic's transition from a command economy to a market system.
command performance ( command performances plural ) A command performance is a special performance of a play or show which is given for a head of state. n-count
command post ( command posts plural ) A command post is a place from which a commander in the army controls and organizes his forces. n-count
high command ( high commands plural ) The high command is the group that consists of the most senior officers in a nation's armed forces. n-count-coll oft supp N
second-in-command , second in command
A second-in-command is someone who is next in rank to the leader of a group, and who has authority to give orders when the leader is not there. n-sing
He was posted to Hong Kong as second-in-command of C Squadron...