Synonyms of command in English:


See definition of command


1‘he commanded his men to retreat’


order, give orders to, give the order to, tell, direct, instruct, call on, enjoin, adjure, charge, require, prescribe

literary bid

2‘he commanded a tank unit’


be in charge of, be in command of, have charge of, have control of, be the leader of, be the boss of, preside over, be in authority over, hold sway over

head, lead, rule, govern, control, direct, guide, manage, supervise, superintend, oversee

be in the driver's seat, be in the saddle, be at the helm, take the chair

informal head up, run the show, call the shots, call the tune

3‘the clergy command great respect from the population’


receive, be given, get, gain, obtain, secure


1‘the officers shouted their commands’


order, instruction, directive, direction, commandment, injunction, demand, stipulation, requirement, exhortation, bidding, request

decree, dictate, diktat, edict, ruling, resolution, pronouncement, ordinance, mandate, fiat, precept

literary behest

archaic hest

rare rescript

2‘he had sixteen men under his command’


authority, control, charge, power, direction, dominion, domination, influence, sway, guidance

leadership, mastery, rule, government, management, supervision, superintendence, administration, jurisdiction

3‘she had a brilliant command of English’


knowledge, mastery, grasp, grip, comprehension, understanding

ability in, fluency in