com·​mend | \kə-ˈmend \
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 \ adjective
commendably \ kə-​ˈmen-​də-​blē \ 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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Oscar Robertson commends the off-court activism of today's NBA players, although the Hall of Famer wonders why more white athletes aren't speaking out, too. Beth Harris,, "When it comes to off-court activism, Oscar Robertson wonders: 'Where are the white athletes?'," 26 June 2018 The judge denied Weston’s request, commending him on his good deeds in prison but not accepting them as a reason for a sentence reduction, according to Channel 2. Fleming Smith, ajc, "Smyrna man who tried to cover up hit-and-run denied reduced sentence," 8 June 2018 Coach Donnie Lyle commends the Lady Cardinals as a solid team and an excellent challenge for the Lady Pirates. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Pirates fall to Bridge City Lady Cardinals 15-0," 19 Mar. 2018 In 2011, Nelson publicly commended Scott after the new governor proposed a state budget that restored some of the state’s share of funding for restoration projects. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson commended residents for quickly evacuating. Andrea Castillo,, "Firefighters make significant progress in wildfires burning across Southern California," 8 July 2018 Fromal commended Johnson's ability to not just rebound, but attack the glass. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Experts give Indiana Pacers' 2018 draft mixed reviews," 22 June 2018 Raborn commended Norman’s heroism in caring for the injured., "May 27, 1954: Explosion rips carrier Bennington," 27 May 2018 Strom especially commended the work of middle school Science Olympiad Coach Dave Brewer, assistant coach Coach Deepa Nair, as well as Solon High School head coach Cherese Fiorina. Thomas Jewell,, "Solon middle schoolers capture state title in Science Olympiad," 2 May 2018

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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 \
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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