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COMMAND. This word has several meanings. 1. It signifies an order; an apprentice is bound to obey the lawful command of his master; a constable may command rioters to keep the peace.
     2. He who commands another to do an unlawful act, is accessary to it. 3 Inst. 51, 57; 2 Inst. 182; 1 Hayw.
     3. Command is also equivalent to deputation or voluntary substitution; as, when a master employs one to do a thing, he is said to have Commanded him to do it; and he is responsible accordingly. Story Ag. Sec. 454, note.

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These were commanded by Nestor, knight of Gerene, and with him there came ninety ships.
Thoas, son of Andraemon, commanded the Aetolians, who dwelt in Pleuron, Olenus, Pylene, Chalcis by the sea, and rocky Calydon, for the great king Oeneus had now no sons living, and was himself dead, as was also golden-haired Meleager, who had been set over the Aetolians to be their king.
Your highest thought, however, ye shall have it commanded unto you by me-- and it is this: man is something that is to be surpassed.
The Diamond fell into the possession of Tippoo, Sultan of Seringapatam, who caused it to be placed as an ornament in the handle of a dagger, and who commanded it to be kept among the choicest treasures of his armoury.
A whole fleet of copper-bottomed barques, as strong in rib and planking, as well-found in gear, as ever was sent upon the seas, manned by hardy crews and commanded by young masters, was engaged in that now long defunct trade.
More fortunate than most dogs, Jerry won to a pair of gods that, no matter how much they commanded, loved more.
"You have commanded, monsieur," replied Raoul, "and I obey."
"No, monsieur, you have commanded," said Raoul, persistently; "had you only requested me, your request is even more effective than your order.
Very often the chief ministers themselves are commanded to show their skill, and to convince the emperor that they have not lost their faculty.

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