Difference Wiki

Request vs. Command: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 27, 2023
A "Request" is a polite appeal for something, while a "Command" is an authoritative order or instruction.

Key Differences

A "Request" and a "Command" represent two distinct modes of asking or directing someone to perform a task. A request is characterized by its polite and considerate tone, usually implying a choice for the recipient, allowing them to agree or decline. In contrast, a command is marked by its assertiveness and authoritative nature, emphasizing an expectation of compliance and typically leaving no room for refusal.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023
Diving deeper into the term "Request," it revolves around the concept of politeness and discretion, emanating a sense of respect for the recipient’s autonomy. It essentially indicates a desire or a need, extending the recipient the freedom to consider and decide. Oppositely, "Command" implies a degree of authority and control, often dictating a clear and direct order that anticipates obedience, making it a more rigid and obligatory form of communication.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023
Analyzing the usage of "Request," it’s common in interactions where mutual respect and courtesy are emphasized, aiming to maintain a harmonious and collaborative relationship between the parties involved. On the other hand, "Command" is predominant in situations where a hierarchical structure exists, with the issuer holding a position of power or authority over the recipient, necessitating a prompt and unequivocal execution of the instruction.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023
The contextual application of "Request" usually facilitates a more congenial and cooperative environment, fostering positive interactions and mutual understanding. Conversely, the employment of "Command" establishes a clear line of authority and expectation, which can be crucial in situations demanding immediate action and compliance, such as in military operations or emergency situations.
Sara Rehman
Sep 27, 2023

Comparison Chart

Aspect

Request
Command
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023
ADVERTISEMENT

Nature

Polite appeal
Authoritative order
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Tone

Considerate and respectful
Assertive and directive
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Recipient’s Choice

Has the option to agree or decline
Expected to comply without refusal
Sara Rehman
Sep 27, 2023

Usage Context

Mutual respect and courtesy are emphasized
Hierarchical structure, necessitating prompt execution
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Level of Obligation

Non-obligatory, subject to recipient’s willingness
Obligatory, anticipates obedience
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023
ADVERTISEMENT

Request and Command Definitions

Request

An inquiry or petition intended to gain a favor or permission.
Sarah submitted a request to access the restricted files.
Harlon Moss
Sep 27, 2023

Command

An authoritative order or instruction.
The officer gave a command to advance.
Sara Rehman
Sep 27, 2023

Request

An act of asking for something to be given or done.
The manager will consider your request for a salary increase.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Command

The ability to control or dominate.
He has a good command of the English language.
Sara Rehman
Sep 27, 2023

Request

A polite appeal or petition for something.
She sent a request for additional information.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Command

A directive given to a computer program.
Enter the command to execute the program.
Janet White
Sep 27, 2023

Request

To express a desire for, especially politely; ask for. Often used with an infinitive or clause
Requested information about the experiment.
Requested to see the evidence firsthand.
Requested that the bus driver stop at the next corner.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A position of authority or control.
He assumed command of the regiment.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Request

To ask (a person) to do something
The police requested her to accompany them.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A precise instruction enforcing action.
The general issued a command to retreat.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Request

An act of asking for something.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To direct with authority; give orders to.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

Something asked for
Wasn't happy until he got his request.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To have control or authority over; rule
A general who commands an army.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

To ask for (something).
The corporal requested reinforcements.
I have requested that the furniture be moved back to its original position.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To have at one's disposal
A person who commands seven languages.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

(transitive) To ask (somebody) to do something.
She called me into her office and requested me to sit down.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To deserve and receive as due; exact
The troops' bravery commanded respect.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

Act of requesting (with the adposition at in the presence of possessives, and on in their absence).
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To exercise dominating, authoritative influence over
"He commands any room he enters" (Stephen Schiff).
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

A formal message requesting something.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To dominate by physical position; overlook
A mountain commanding the valley below.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

Condition of being sought after.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To give orders.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

(networking) A message sent over a network to a server.
The server returned a 404 error to the HTTP request.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To exercise authority or control as or as if one is a commander.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

(obsolete) That which is asked for or requested.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

The act of commanding.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

The act of asking for anything desired; expression of desire or demand; solicitation; prayer; petition; entreaty.
I will marry her, sir, at your request.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

An order given with authority.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

That which is asked for or requested.
I will both hear and grant you your requests.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(Computers) A signal that initiates an operation defined by an instruction.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

A state of being desired or held in such estimation as to be sought after or asked for; demand.
Knowledge and fame were in as great request as wealth among us now.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

The authority to command
An admiral in command.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

To ask for (something); to express desire ffor; to solicit; as, to request his presence, or a favor.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Possession and exercise of the authority to command
Command of the seas.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

To address with a request; to ask.
I request youTo give my poor host freedom.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Ability to control or use; mastery
Command of four languages.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

A formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Dominance by location; extent of view.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

The verbal act of requesting
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

The jurisdiction of a commander.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

Express the need or desire for; ask for;
She requested an extra bed in her room
She called for room service
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A military unit, post, district, or region under the control of one officer.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

Ask (a person) to do something;
She asked him to be here at noon
I requested that she type the entire manuscript
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A unit of the US Air Force that is larger than an air force.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

Inquire for (information);
I requested information from the secretary
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Of, relating to, or constituting a command
Command headquarters.
A command decision.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

An expression of a desire to obtain something.
John made a request for time off.
Janet White
Sep 27, 2023

Command

Done or performed in response to a command
A command performance.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Request

A formal message asking for something.
The request for proposal was sent to various vendors.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 27, 2023

Command

An order to do something.
I was given a command to cease shooting.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

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
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

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
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.
General Smith was placed in command.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(military) 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.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(computing) A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(baseball) The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.
He's got good command tonight.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A command performance.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(ambitransitive) 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.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(ambitransitive) 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
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(transitive) To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.
He commanded silence
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(transitive) to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.
Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(transitive) 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.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(transitive) To hold, to control the use of.
The fort commanded the bay.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To have a view, as from a superior position.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(obsolete) To direct to come; to bestow.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.
We are commanded to forgive our enemies, but you never read that we are commanded to forgive our friends.
Go to your mistress:Say, I command her come to me.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead.
Monmouth commanded the English auxiliaries.
Such aid as I can spare you shall command.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.
Bridges commanded by a fortified house.
Up to the eastern tower,Whose height commands as subject all the vale.
One side commands a view of the finest garden.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

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.
'Tis not in mortals to command success.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To direct to come; to bestow.
I will command my blessing upon you.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.
And reigned, commanding in his monarchy.
For the king had so commanded concerning [Haman].
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

To have a view, as from a superior position.
Far and wide his eye commands.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.
Awaiting what command their mighty chiefHad to impose.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

The possession or exercise of authority.
Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.
The steepy standWhich overlooks the vale with wide command.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.
He assumed an absolute command over his readers.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

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.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

An authoritative direction or instruction to do something
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A military unit or region under the control of a single officer
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

The power or authority to command;
An admiral in command
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Availability for use;
The materials at the command of the potters grew
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

A position of highest authority;
The corporation has just undergone a change in command
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity;
A good command of French
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

(computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Be in command of;
The general commanded a huge army
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Make someone do something
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Demand as one's due;
This speaker commands a high fee
The author commands a fair hearing from his readers
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Look down on;
The villa dominates the town
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

Command

Exercise authoritative control or power over;
Control the budget
Command the military forces
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 10, 2023

FAQs

Is a command obligatory?

Generally, yes. A command typically requires compliance.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Is a request always polite?

Typically, yes. A request is usually made in a polite and considerate manner.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Can a request be declined?

Yes, a request can generally be agreed to or declined as it implies a choice.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Is a command more authoritative than a request?

Yes, a command is authoritative and expects obedience.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Can a command be soft-spoken?

While it can be conveyed calmly, a command, by nature, is directive and enforces action.
Harlon Moss
Sep 27, 2023

Is a request more collaborative?

Yes, a request is usually more conducive to collaborative and harmonious interactions.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Does a command necessitate immediate action?

Typically, yes. Commands usually require prompt and unequivocal execution.
Janet White
Sep 27, 2023

Is command related to positions of power?

Yes, commands are often issued by individuals in positions of authority or power.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Is making a request a formal way of asking?

It can be, depending on the context. Requests can be both formal and informal.
Sara Rehman
Sep 27, 2023

Can a request imply respect for the recipient’s autonomy?

Yes, a request often implies respect and consideration for the recipient’s autonomy.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 27, 2023

Can a request be made in different tones?

Absolutely, a request can be conveyed in varied tones, maintaining a sense of politeness.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Is a request non-binding?

Yes, a request is generally non-binding and subject to the recipient's willingness.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Can both request and command be verbal or written?

Yes, both requests and commands can be conveyed verbally or in writing.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 27, 2023

Does a command imply a level of control?

Yes, a command implies a degree of control or authority over the recipient.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 27, 2023

Does a command establish clear expectations?

Yes, a command establishes clear and direct expectations of compliance.
Harlon Moss
Sep 27, 2023
About Author
Written by
Sawaira Riaz
Sawaira is a dedicated content editor at difference.wiki, where she meticulously refines articles to ensure clarity and accuracy. With a keen eye for detail, she upholds the site's commitment to delivering insightful and precise content.
Edited by
Huma Saeed
Huma is a renowned researcher acclaimed for her innovative work in Difference Wiki. Her dedication has led to key breakthroughs, establishing her prominence in academia. Her contributions continually inspire and guide her field.

Trending Comparisons

Popular Comparisons

New Comparisons