Command | A word a day
To command is to order, instruct, direct or require.
- The king commanded his guards to execute anyone who dared to enter his chamber.
Note the word pattern: command + noun/pronoun + to-infinitive
The father commanded the children to stay quiet.
- The principal commanded the boys to leave the class.
Command can also mean lead, direct, manage, guide, govern or supervise
- General Patton commanded the 7th Army in World War II.
To command love or admiration is to earn it.
- The singer commanded the admiration of music lovers all over the world.
Command can also be a noun.
As a noun, command means ‘order, instruction, bid or call’.
Who issued the command to fire?
- The dictator assumed command of the country. (= The dictator took control of the country.)
To have a good command of a language is to be proficient in it.
- She has a good command of German.