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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Online, many American Ninja Warrior fans were disappointed by Avant’s elimination, but commended the ex-Eagle on his efforts: Jason Avant is killing it! Nick Vadala,, "Former Eagle Jason Avant fails 'American Ninja Warrior' qualifying round," 26 June 2018 While much credit has rightfully gone to Sullenberger, his copilot Jeffrey Skiles deserves to be commended as well. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 When Smith was rash enough to commend the architecture of Glasgow, . . Deirdre Mccloskey, WSJ, "‘Adam Smith: Father of Economics’ Review: Obvious, Simple and Wise," 7 Sep. 2018 Krause also commended McCook for gracefully dealing with the Last Man Standing fan disapproval. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Who Is Molly McCook? All About the ‘Last Man Standing’ Actress Who Plays the New Mandy," 12 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, the health advocacy groups and lawmakers commended the F.D.A.’s moves, but said the agency must go further and require e-cigarette companies to eliminate flavorings that clearly appeal to youth. Kate Zernike, New York Times, "F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers," 24 Apr. 2018 In a statement, Glynlyon CEO Matthew Given commended Renzema for speaking up and said the cartoon was removed after her complaint. Samantha Swindler,, "Offensive Rosa Parks cartoon removed from school curriculum (Commentary)," 22 Apr. 2018 The piece should be commended for acknowledging the diversity of voices in the evangelical community. Jeremy Castle, Vox, "Younger evangelicals look an awful lot like older evangelicals post-2016," 12 Nov. 2018 And while Trump has come under criticism for agreeing to meet with Kim before any tangible denuclearization has occurred, he's been commended by others for flipping the format followed by past administrations. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "How Trump and Kim made it to 'hello'," 9 June 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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