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Command, v. Also: com(m)awnd, commaund(e. [ME. com(m)ande, com(m)aunde, etc. (c 1300), OF. comander, late L. commandāre. The p.t. and p.p. are occasionally without ending.]

1. tr. To give orders for, to enjoin or prescribe. 1375 Barb. i. 258.
Quhethir he … suld … do Thai thingis that commaundyt is him to
1456 Hay I. 106/8.
Under payne of forfeture command tharein
Ib. 108/25.
Othir lordis may nocht command bataill na weris
c1475 Wall. viii. 860.
The ost … Comaundyt wachis, and no mayr noyis maid
1490 Irland Mir. I. 78/19.
It was commaundit to thame, Crescite [etc.]
1513 Doug. i. ix. 95.
Sche … commandis halyday
1533 Gau 22/17.
Al thing quhilk is commandit to ws of guid warkis
1533 Bell. Livy I. 247/19.
The vacance of lawis was commandit
1562-3 Winȝet II. 30/15.
Bot peraduentuir thir thingis ar onlie commandit to the Galathianis

b. With infinitive or subordinate clause as object. Also absol. after as. a1400 Leg. S. iii. 611.
Egeas commawndyt that he Thar in a frame suld sted be
1389 Liber Melros 449.
To yow ioyntly & seuerailly … we bid & commandes [etc.]
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2171.
He commandit he suld be tone
c1420 Wynt. ii. 560.
The kyng gert commawnd … The knawe barnys sulde be put to dede
c1450-2 Howlat 131.
The Pape commandit … to wryte in all landis
a1500 Bernardus 85.
He comawndis betwene gluttony And thi purs be striffe
c1475 Wall. iv. 256.
Wallace commaundede thai suld na wermen saiff
Ib. ix. 1717.
Wallace commaund, quha wald cum to his pes [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. ix. 66.
I trow … in the Kirk, to do as it commandis
1513 Doug. ii. iii. 80.
Of sa huge quantite Calcas commandis beld this statw
1533 Gau 4/33.
Ve suld … pray to na oder bot to hime, as hime selff commandit
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4339.
Scho … commandit that hir bed With purpour clais and silk suld be ouir spred
1596 Dalr. I. 287/13.
The King … commandes and chairges, that thay … cearse out this kynd of peple
Ib. II. 380/5.
Scho commandet to kendle fyres … throuch al tounes

2. To give a command or order to (a person). Usually const. with infin. or clause.For charge and command see Charge v. 4 d. a1400 Leg. S. iv. 212.
I commawnd thé That … thou ryse and blyse thi creatoure
1472 Edinb. Chart. 135.
Quharefor straitle we commande and chargis our schireff … that [etc.]
c1475 Wall. vii. 408.
Wallace commaunde a burges for to get Fyne cawk eneuch
Ib. viii. 1264.
Commaund your men … thai wyrk nocht on sic wys
a1500 Rauf C. 585.
Hes thow my bidding done, as I thé command?
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlviii. 80.
The restles suallow commandit scho also To feche all fowll
1513 Doug. iii. iv. 52.
Our feris command I than Tak thar wapynnys
1528 Misc. Spald. C. II. 80.
The Kingis lettres, commandan the Erle of Murray … to pas vpoun the Clanhattan
a1540 Freiris Berw. 539.
In this place se that thow cum no moir Bot I command thé
1555 Glenartney Doc.
That … ȝe … command and charge … the inhabitantis thairof … to desist and ceis fra … slaying of the foirsaid deir
a1578 Pitsc. I. 81/19.
The kingis maiestie commandit ane companie of men of weir to bring him agains his will
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 91.
Jonet Wischert … commandit … Katherine Ewyn to rys airlie befoir the sone
1615 Highland P. III. 228.
That the principall gentilmen, and vtheris of the Ilandis, be comandit to attend … with tua gallayis

3. To commend or commit. 1444 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 10.
We commaunde ws on to yhou with al our hartes
1468 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 24.
We commaunde ws hartily to yow
a1500 Lanc. 2801.
The knycht … Sche had commandit to hir cussynece
1570 Reg. Morton I. 50.
Command me to ȝour mother and to ȝour bedfellow

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