5. To direct to come; to bestow. [Obs.]
I will command my blessing upon you.
Lev. xxv. 21.
Syn. To bid; order; direct; dictate; charge; govern; rule; overlook.
(Com*mand"), v. i.
1. To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.
And reigned, commanding in his monarchy.
For the king had so commanded concerning [Haman].
Esth. iii. 2.
2. To have a view, as from a superior position.
Far and wide his eye commands.
1. An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.
Awaiting what command their mighty chief
Had to impose.
2. The possession or exercise of authority.
Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion.
3. Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.
4. Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.
The steepy stand
Which overlooks the vale with wide command.
5. Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the
fort has command of the bridge.
He assumed an absolute command over his readers.
6. A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, or the whole territory under the authority or
control of a particular officer.
Word of command (Mil.), a word or phrase of definite and established meaning, used in directing the
movements of soldiers; as, aim; fire; shoulder arms, etc.
Syn. Control; sway; power; authority; rule; dominion; sovereignty; mandate; order; injunction; charge; behest.
(Com*mand"a*ble) a. Capable of being commanded.
(Com`man*dant") n. [F., orig. p. pr. of commander.] A commander; the commanding
officer of a place, or of a body of men; as, the commandant of a navy-yard.
(Com*mand"a*to*ry) a. Mandatory; as, commandatory authority. [Obs.]
(Com*mand"er) n. [Cf. F. commandeur. Cf. Commodore, Commender.]