com·​mend | \ kə-ˈmend How to pronounce commend (audio) \
commended; commending; commends

Definition of commend

transitive verb

1 : to entrust for care or preservation "To Thee I do commend my watchful soul / Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes."— William Shakespeare
2 : to recommend as worthy of confidence or notice Your proposal has much to commend it.
3 : to mention with approbation : praise We commend you for your continuing dedication to excellence.

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Other Words from commend

commendable \ kə-​ˈmen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce commendable (audio) \ adjective
commendably \ kə-​ˈmen-​də-​blē How to pronounce commendably (audio) \ adverb
commender noun

Examples of commend in a Sentence

His poetry is highly commended by other writers. I commend this book to anyone interested in learning more about American history.
Recent Examples on the Web The clip shows off the twins' sweet and bubbly personalities, and Lopez commended Emme for her joyful demeanor, her artistic qualities and her amazing singing voice. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "5 Things to Know About Jennifer Lopez's Daughter Emme," 2 Feb. 2020 When meeting with the US Senate’s climate crisis task force in September, she was commended for her enthusiasm and replied: Please save your praise. Peter Ellerton, Quartz, "How to talk about climate change like Greta Thunberg," 12 Dec. 2019 Granted by the charity arm of the Recording Academy, the honor, established in 1991, has commended recipients for their artistic achievement and impact in the music industry, as well as their dedication to philanthropy. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, "Grammy Awards: Aerosmith, Run-DMC Kick Down the Wall Between Genres Again," 27 Jan. 2020 Introduced by Little Women director Greta Gerwig, who commended Lovato for her strength, the spotlight shone on the singer. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "Demi Lovato Tears Up For Debut Performance of 'Anyone' at 2020 Grammys: Watch," 26 Jan. 2020 Nevertheless, Dorian commended the Subaru's highway stability with a trailer in tow, but only after disabling the hyperactive lane-keeping assist. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Our Subaru Ascent Drinks Heavily When Towing," 24 Jan. 2020 President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he had been briefed on the operation and commended military commanders., "News of the Day From Around the World," 24 Jan. 2020 Because Styles doesn’t talk about his fitness routine on the regs, though he has been commended for his workout clothing style (of course). Tara Edwards,, "Harry Styles Revealed His Guilty Pleasure & Every One Direction Fan Can Relate," 13 Jan. 2020 Again, Stewart commended her fellow guest for her honest answer. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Karlie Kloss opens up about being part of the Kushner family," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of commend

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commend

Middle English, from Anglo-French comander, from Latin commendare, from com- + mandare to entrust — more at mandate

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The first known use of commend was in the 14th century

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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of commend

: to praise (someone or something) in a serious and often public way
: to mention (someone or something) as deserving attention or approval


com·​mend | \ kə-ˈmend How to pronounce commend (audio) \
commended; commending

Kids Definition of commend

1 : to give into another's care : entrust
2 : to speak or write of with approval : praise The police officers were commended for bravery.

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