commend

verb com·mend \ kə-ˈmend \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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.

commendable

play \kə-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective

commendably

play \kə-ˈmen-də-blē\ adverb

commender

noun

Examples of commend in a Sentence

  1. His poetry is highly commended by other writers.

  2. I commend this book to anyone interested in learning more about American history.

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Origin and Etymology of commend

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



COMMEND Defined for English Language Learners

commend

verb

Definition of commend for English Language Learners

  • : to praise (someone or something) in a serious and often public way

  • : to mention (someone or something) as deserving attention or approval


COMMEND Defined for Kids

commend

verb com·mend \ kə-ˈmend \

Definition of commend for Students

commended; commending
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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