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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It has largely been commended by groups like Dietitians of Canada. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pass the tofu: How eating vegan became a billion-dollar business," 29 Mar. 2019 Olson was also commended for his handling of a robbery and bomb threat at Tri City Bank on Mayfair Road on Feb. 6, 2014. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa cop who punched teen at Mayfair was suspended three times before, records show," 26 June 2018 After the war, this black woman’s contributions had faded to rumor — while Bet Van Lew, the white Virginian who was her former owner and a fellow spy, had been commended (and financially rewarded) by the federal government. Lois Leveen, Time, "She Was Born Into Slavery, Was a Spy and Is Celebrated as a Hero—But We're Missing the Point of the 'Mary Bowser' Story," 19 June 2019 Five years ago, the company was relatively neutral during the vote, and the union went so far as to commend management for the way the vote was conducted. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Volkswagen's factory workers in the US reject union," 15 June 2019 This Sunday is Father's Day, our opportunity to commend fathers in all their iterations. Elena Nicolaou,, "A Shout-Out To The Greatest Single Dads In Cinema History," 13 June 2019 As the commencement ceremony continued, Shant Sahakian, clerk of the Glendale Unified school board, addressed the graduating class, commending their victorious spirit. Marian Sahakyan,, "Several graduating students found their educational ‘home’ at 2 local schools," 12 June 2019 Before Friday’s game against the Brewers, Callaway commended Syndergaard’s improvement at limiting the base running of opponents. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mets Lose on a Walk-Off Walk," 25 May 2018 Marshall commended Assistant Attorneys General Andrew Arrington, Tina Hammonds, Polly Kenny, Audrey Jordan and Jon Hayden for their skilled and thorough preparation of the case. Carol Robinson |,, "Former Alabama state trooper convicted - again - in the brutal 1995 killing of his wife," 7 June 2019

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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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to complain fretfully

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