Command and Tell


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Command verb – To issue orders to (someone) by right of authority.
Usage example: the general commanded his troops with Caesar-like imperiousness

Tell is a synonym for command in order topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Command", when it comes to topics like demand, over.
Nearby Words: commanding, commanded, commander, commandment, commandant
Synonyms for Command


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Tell verb – To issue orders to (someone) by right of authority.
Usage example: told us to sit still and wait

Command is a synonym for tell in demand topic. You can use "Command" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as communicate, instruct, over.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

people command people tell people
name command name tell name
way command way tell way
world command world tell world
Other nouns: side, anyone, times, players.

Both words in one sentence

  • Literature / Horatio Hornblower When he has to tell Hornblower to hand over his ship, he's clearly reluctant and does as much as he can to soften the blow, promising to recommend him to command of a ship-of-the-line.
  • Video Game / Deus Ex Mercy Kill: If you tell DeBeers that Everett has no intentions of healing him, he will command you to do this to him.
  • Comic Book / Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl Bruce: As you command, but be good to me, or I'll tell Gotham about this cave hidden under its civic center.
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