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command (v.)

c. 1300, "order or direct with authority" (transitive), from Old French comander "to order, enjoin, entrust" (12c., Modern French commander), from Vulgar Latin *commandare, from Latin commendare "to recommend, entrust to" (see commend); altered by influence of Latin mandare "to commit, entrust" (see mandate (n.)). In this sense Old English had bebeodan.

Intransitive sense "act as or have authority of a commander, have or exercise supreme power" is from late 14c. Also from late 14c. as "have within the range of one's influence" (of resources, etc.), hence, via a military sense, "have a view of, overlook" in reference to elevated places (1690s). Related: Commanded; commanding.

Command-post "headquarters of a military unit" is from 1918. A command performance (1863) is one given by royal command.

command (n.)

c. 1400, "an order, a command; what is commanded or ordered," from Old French comand (14c.), from comander "to order, to entrust" (see command (v.)). Meaning "control, right or authority to order or compel obedience" is from mid-15c. Meaning "power of control, mastery" (of a situation, a language, etc.) is from 1640s.

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Definitions of command from WordNet
1
command (n.)
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something;
Synonyms: bid / bidding / dictation
command (n.)
a military unit or region under the control of a single officer;
command (n.)
the power or authority to command;
an admiral in command
command (n.)
availability for use;
the materials at the command of the potters grew
command (n.)
a position of highest authority;
the corporation has just undergone a change in command
command (n.)
great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity;
a good command of French
Synonyms: control / mastery
command (n.)
(computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program;
Synonyms: instruction / statement / program line
2
command (v.)
be in command of;
The general commanded a huge army
command (v.)
make someone do something;
Synonyms: require
command (v.)
demand as one's due;
This speaker commands a high fee
The author commands a fair hearing from his readers
command (v.)
look down on;
Synonyms: dominate / overlook / overtop
command (v.)
exercise authoritative control or power over;
Synonyms: control
From wordnet.princeton.edu