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Main Entry: 1com·mand
Function: verb 1 a: to issue orders by right of authority b: to have authority and control over : be commander of <command an army> 2: to have for one's use <commands many resources> 3: to demand or receive as one's due : EXACT <commands a high fee> 4: to look down on especially from a militarily strong position <the hill commands the town> synonymsCOMMAND, DIRECT, INSTRUCT, CHARGE mean to issue orders. COMMAND suggests the use of authority and usually some degree of formality <the troops were commanded to march forward>. DIRECT suggests that obedience is expected and usually applies to specific procedures or methods <we were directed to write with pencils only>. INSTRUCT is similar to DIRECT but sometimes implies greater detail or formality <the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark>. CHARGE suggests the assigning of a duty or responsibility <the principal is charged with keeping the school running smoothly>.