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Command, vb., 1) to order; a) trans., followed by an accus. and an infin. with or without to: “her father hath --ed her to slip away,” Wiv. IV, 6, 23. “command thy son and daughter to join hands,” John II, 532. H6A I, 3, 30. H6A I, 3, 30 H6B II, 4, 93. R3 I, 4, 92. IV, 4, 487. Tim. I, 2, 198 etc. “I c. her come to me,” Shr. V, 2, 96. “c. our officers at arms be ready,” R2 I, 1, 204. “c. the citizens make bonfires,” H6A I, 6, 12. “compassion on the king --s me stoop,” III, 1, 119. “I c. thee go,” IV, 5, 36. “when I c. them kill,” H6B IV, 8, 5. “necessity --s me name myself,” Cor. IV, 5, 63. “c. our present numbers be mustered,” Cymb. IV, 2, 343. -- “you may c. us,” H8 IV, 1, 117. “as I was --ed from you,” All's II, 5, 59 (== from your part). -- Having after it a clause preceded by that: “hath --ed that thou shalt do no murder,” R3 I, 4, 201.
To c. sth. == to order sth. to be done: “dost unwillingly what I c.” Tp. I, 2, 369. “it was --ed so,” Meas. V, 463. “shall I c. thy love?” LLL IV, 1, 82. “Sir Pierce --s the contrary,” R2 V, 5, 101. “your highness shall c. a peace,” H6A IV, 1, 117. “to hear what thou --est,” H6C IV, 8, 16. -- Hence == to demand imperatively: “I think I shall c. your welcome here,” Shr. V, 1, 13. “then shalt thou give me with thy kingly hand what husband in thy power I will c.” All's II, 1, 197. “my life thou shalt c., but not my shame,” R2 I, 1, 166. “c. a mirror hither,” IV, 265. “canst thou, when thou --est the beggar's knee, c. the health of it?” H5 IV, 1, 273. “this place --s my patience,” H6A III, 1, 8. “c. the conquest, Charles, it shall be thine,” V, 2, 19. “c. in Anjou what your honour pleases,” V, 3, 147. “c. silence,” H6B IV, 2, 39. “let my sovereign c. my eldest son, nay, all my sons as pledges,” V, 1, 49. “the strong necessity of time --s our services,” Ant. I, 3, 42. through whom I might c. it (Herod's head) III, 3, 6. “c. what cost your heart has mind to,” III, 4, 37. “wherefore you have --ed of me these most poisonous compounds,” Cymb. I, 5, 8.
With a double accus.: “will your grace c. me any service to the world's end,” Ado II, 1, 271. “please it your majesty c. me any service to her,” LLL V, 2, 312. “c. him tasks,” Oth. IV, 1, 196. “the last service that I shall c. you,” Ant. IV, 14, 132. “I am ignorant in what I am --ed,” Cymb. III, 2, 23. “that is the second thing that I have --ed thee,” III, 5, 157. -- When preceding, the person is in the dative: “and to you the tribunes, for this immediate levy, he --s his absolute commission,” Cymb. III, 7, 9 (most M. Edd. commends).
To c. a person to sth.: “if you can c. these elements to silence,” Tp. I, 1, 23. “that to close prison he --ed her,” Gentl. III, 1, 235. “but these cannot I c. to any utterance of harmony,” Hml. III, 2, 377.
To c. a p. from sth. (== to order him to abstain, or to leave): “from a pure heart c. your rebel will,” Lucr. 625. “to c. the captain and all the rest from their functions,” Meas. I, 2, 13. “c. these fretting waters from your eyes,” IV, 3, 151. “thy beck might from the bidding of the gods c. me,” Ant. III, 11, 61.
Similarly: “we were all --ed out of the chamber,” Wint. V, 2, 6. “c. him away,” Err. V, 335. “I am --ed here,” All's II, 1, 27 (== to remain here). “c. a mirror hither,” R2 IV, 265.
b) intr.: “Juno does c.” Tp. IV, 131. “please you c.” Gentl. II, 1, 121. that it (the horse) may know he can c. Meas. 1, 2, 1, 2 Merch. II, 9, 45. Tw. II, 5, 115. H6B III, 2, 2. IV, 1, 122. H6C III, 1, 93. IV, 6, 59. R3 I, 2, 39. I, 4, 199. IV, 4, 345. H8 II, 2, 105.
2) to have at one's disposal and service: “which to requite c. me while I live,” Gentl. III, 1, 23. “to know what service it is your pleasure to c. me in,” IV, 3, 10. “it is in mine authority to c. the keys of all the posterns,” Wint. I, 2, 463. “c. all the good lads in Eastcheap,” H4A II, 4, 15. “such aid as I can spare you shall c.” H6B IV, 5, 7. “c. no more content than I,” IV, 9, 2. “something I can c.” H8 IV, 1, 116. “what shall be done to him that victory --s,” Troil. IV, 5, 66. “you shall c. me,” Troil. IV, 5, 66 “--ing one another's fortunes,” Tim. I, 2, 109. “to supply his life, or that which can c. it,” IV, 2, 47. “such answer as I can make you shall c.” Hml. III, 2, 335. -- Intransitively: “let your highness c. upon me,” Mcb. III, 1, 16 (cf. Per. III, 1, 3). “the Nevils are thy subjects to c.” H6B II, 2, 8. “what I am truly, is thine and my poor country's to c.” Mcb. IV, 3, 132.
3) to force: “my sick heart --s mine eyes to watch,” Ven. 584. “as doth a sail c. an argosy to stem the waves,” H6C II, 6, 36 (cf. III, 1, 88). “when nature --s the mind to suffer with the body,” Lr. II, 4, 109. --ed tears == forced, feigned tears, Shr. Ind. 1, 125.
4) to sway, to rule: a) trans.: “--ed by the motion of thine eyes,” Sonn. 149, 12. “hath not one spirit to c.” Tp. III, 2, 102. “how many should be --ed that c.” Merch. II, 9, 45. “this gallant will c. the sun,” Shr. IV, 3, 198. “Falconbridge --s the narrow seas,” H6C I, 1, 239. “--s the empire of the sea,” Ant. I, 2, 191. Tw. II, 5, 127. IV, 3, 17. H4A III, 1, 56. H4B V, 1, 83. H6A I, 1, 38. H6C III, 1, 88. H6C III, 1, 88 III, 2, 166. R3 III, 1, 108. IV, 4, 104. Cor. IV, 7, 43. Tim. III, 4, 4. -- Used of a height overlooking and overruling the neighbourhood: “the eastern tower, whose height --s as subject all the vale,” Troil. I, 2, 3. Of a key opening a door: “this other doth c. a little door,” Meas. IV, 1, 32.
b) intr.: “--ing in his monarchy,” Compl. 196. “subjected tribute to --ing love,” John I, 264. with such a “proud --ing spirit,” H6A IV, 7, 88. “the great --ing Warwick,” H6C III, 1, 29. “every horse bears his --ing rein,” R3 II, 2, 128. “deserving to c.” H6A I, 1, 9. “you shall more c. with years than with your weapons,” Oth. I, 2, 60 (== exercise more power). Used of military affairs: if he (Caesar) “had been there to c.” All's III, 6, 57. “to be --ed under Cominius,” Cor. I, 1, 266 (== to have a command). “the man --s like a full soldier,” Oth. II, 1, 35.
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