Commend vs. Command - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Commend (verb)

    To congratulate or reward.

    "The schoolboy was commended for raising the alarm about the burning building."

  • Commend (verb)

    To praise or acclaim.

  • Commend (verb)

    To entrust or commit to the care of someone else.

  • Commend (verb)

    To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and goodwill.

  • Commend (verb)

    To recommend.

  • Commend (verb)

    To adorn; to set off.

  • Commend (noun)

    Commendation; praise.

  • Commend (noun)

    Compliments; greetings.

  • Command (noun)

    An order to do something.

    "I was given a command to cease shooting."

  • Command (noun)

    The right or authority to order, control or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience.

    "to have command of an army"

  • Command (noun)

    power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.

    "he had command of the situation"

    "England has long held command of the sea"

    "a good command of language"

  • Command (noun)

    A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.

    "General Smith was placed in command."

  • Command (noun)

    The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence.

  • Command (noun)

    A body or troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer; by extension, any object or body in someone's charge.

  • Command (noun)

    Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.

  • Command (noun)

    A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.

  • Command (noun)

    The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.

    "He's got good command tonight."

  • Command (verb)

    To order, give orders; to compel or direct with authority.

    "The soldier was commanded to cease firing."

    "The king commanded his servant to bring him dinner."

  • Command (verb)

    To have or exercise supreme power, control or authority over, especially military; to have under direction or control.

    "to command an army or a ship"

  • Command (verb)

    To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.

    "he commanded silence"

    "If thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Mat. IV. 3.)"

  • Command (verb)

    to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.

    "Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)"

  • Command (verb)

    To exact, compel or secure by influence; to deserve, claim.

    "A good magistrate commands the respect and affections of the people."

    "Justice commands the respect and affections of the people."

    "The best goods command the best price."

    "This job commands a salary of £30,000."

  • Command (verb)

    To hold, to control the use of.

    "The fort commanded the bay."

  • Command (verb)

    To have a view, as from a superior position.

  • Command (verb)

    To direct to come; to bestow.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Commend (verb)

    praise formally or officially

    "he was commended by the judge for his courageous actions"

  • Commend (verb)

    present as suitable for approval or acceptance; recommend

    "I commend her to you without reservation"

  • Commend (verb)

    make (something) acceptable or pleasing

    "most one-roomed flats have little to commend them"

    "the emphasis on peace will commend itself to all"

  • Commend (verb)

    entrust someone or something to

    "as they set out on their journey I commend them to your care"

  • Commend (verb)

    pass on someone's good wishes to

    "commend me to my son, and bid him rule better than I"

  • Command (verb)

    give an authoritative or peremptory order

    "‘Stop arguing!’ he commanded"

    "my mother commands my presence"

    "he commanded that work should cease"

    "a gruff voice commanded us to enter"

  • Command (verb)

    have authority over; be in charge of (a unit)

    "he commanded a Hurricane squadron"

  • Command (verb)

    control or restrain (oneself or one's feelings)

    "he commanded himself with an effort"

  • Command (verb)

    dominate (a strategic position) from a superior height

    "the fortress commands the shortest Channel crossing"

  • Command (verb)

    be in a strong enough position to have or secure

    "they command a majority in Parliament"

    "he commanded considerable personal loyalty"

  • Command (noun)

    an authoritative order

    "he obeyed her commands without question"

  • Command (noun)

    authority, especially over armed forces

    "who's in command?"

    "an officer took command"

  • Command (noun)

    a group of officers exercising control over a particular group or operation

    "a five-member general command"

  • Command (noun)

    a body of troops or a district under the control of a particular officer.

  • Command (noun)

    the ability to use or control something

    "he had a brilliant command of English"

  • Command (noun)

    an instruction or signal causing a computer to perform one of its basic functions.

Webster Dictionary

  • Commend

    To commit, intrust, or give in charge for care or preservation.

  • Commend

    To recommend as worthy of confidence or regard; to present as worthy of notice or favorable attention.

  • Commend

    To mention with approbation; to praise; as, to commend a person or an act.

  • Commend

    To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and good will.

  • Commend (noun)

    Commendation; praise.

  • Commend (noun)

    Compliments; greetings.

  • Command

    To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.

  • Command

    To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead.

  • Command

    To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.

  • Command

    To have power or influence of the nature of authority over; to obtain as if by ordering; to receive as a due; to challenge; to claim; as, justice commands the respect and affections of the people; the best goods command the best price.

  • Command

    To direct to come; to bestow.

  • Command (verb)

    To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.

  • Command (verb)

    To have a view, as from a superior position.

  • Command (noun)

    An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.

  • Command (noun)

    The possession or exercise of authority.

  • Command (noun)

    Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.

  • Command (noun)

    Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.

  • Command (noun)

    Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.

  • Command (noun)

    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.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Commend (verb)

    express approval of

  • Commend (verb)

    present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence;

    "His paintings commend him to the artistic world"

  • Commend (verb)

    give to in charge;

    "I commend my children to you"

  • Commend (verb)

    express a good opinion of

  • Commend (verb)

    mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship;

    "Remember me to your wife"

  • Command (noun)

    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

  • Command (noun)

    a military unit or region under the control of a single officer

  • Command (noun)

    the power or authority to command;

    "an admiral in command"

  • Command (noun)

    availability for use;

    "the materials at the command of the potters grew"

  • Command (noun)

    a position of highest authority;

    "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"

  • Command (noun)

    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity;

    "a good command of French"

  • Command (noun)

    (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program

  • Command (verb)

    be in command of;

    "The general commanded a huge army"

  • Command (verb)

    make someone do something

  • Command (verb)

    demand as one's due;

    "This speaker commands a high fee"

    "The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"

  • Command (verb)

    look down on;

    "The villa dominates the town"

  • Command (verb)

    exercise authoritative control or power over;

    "control the budget"

    "Command the military forces"

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