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.

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Her emotional and heartfelt addressing of the difficult topic was widely praised by fans who often commend her willingness to speak out on other mental health issues. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato's Team Releases an Official Statement About Her Overdose," 25 July 2018 Even the naysayers commended López on a powerful campaign, her team says. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 British Prime Minister Theresa May, Iceland's prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong were among other world leaders who commended the rescue team on social media. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "‘Hooyah, Hooyah, Hooyah’: Jubilation at Thai cave rescue spreads across the world," 10 July 2018 Nagy opened his post-practice comments to the media by commending the defense for a good day and noting the offense has a lot of growth ahead of it. Colleen Kane,, "Prince Amukamara drawn to 'greatness' in Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky," 16 May 2018 In commending Callaway over the weekend, Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia, perhaps inadvertently, made comments viewed by some fans as a subtle criticism of Collins. James Wagner, New York Times, "Hold On, the Mets Are 8-1?," 9 Apr. 2018 Lyle commended his team on not giving up, especially Kirsten Wright who played the game while feeling under the weather. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Pirates defeated in fourth-inning upset to Hudson," 2 Apr. 2018 Cosumnes River College President Edward Bush responded to the issue last week by commending Perez for her bravery in an open letter. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "‘It was a shock.’ Student says she went to her counselor for help and he kissed her. | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Mar. 2018 The Facebook sphere commended Hull on being informed and for staying calm, cool and collected during a parent's worst nightmare. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A Nanny Cam Caught This Heroic Mom Rescuing Her Choking Toddler," 13 Jan. 2017

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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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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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