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(1)   Availability for use
"The materials at the command of the potters grew"
(2)   The power or authority to command
"An admiral in command"
(3)   Great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
"A good command of French"
(4)   (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
(5)   An authoritative direction or instruction to do something
(6)   A military unit or region under the control of a single officer
(7)   A position of highest authority
"The corporation has just undergone a change in command"


(8)   Make someone do something
(9)   Be in command of
"The general commanded a huge army"
(10)   Demand as one's due
"This speaker commands a high fee"
"The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
(11)   Exercise authoritative control or power over
"Control the budget"
"Command the military forces"
(12)   Look down on
"The villa dominates the town"


From comander (French: commander), from *commandare, from commandare ().


  1. An order, a compelling task given to an inferior or a machine.
  2. Unit of military personnel.
  3. The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.
    He's got good command tonight.


  1. To order, to compel an inferior or a machine to do something.
  2. To hold, to control the use of
    The fort commanded the bay.