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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Meanwhile, Miami student group Black Action Movement 2.0 commended the sorority's decision in a statement. Kristen Davis,, "Talk it Out: Was Miami University sorority wrong to kick out the women who sang taboo lyrics to a Lil Dicky and Chris Brown song?," 13 Apr. 2018 At a hearing Friday in San Diego federal court, the judge overseeing the process commended the government on its progress so far while urging officials to keep up the pace. Kartikay Mehrotra,, "Reunited immigrant families face difficult choice: try to stay legally or leave children in the US," 14 July 2018 At the Panthers' first home game following the shooting on Feb. 22, goalie Roberto Luongo gave an impassioned pregame speech commending the Douglas community for its efforts following the shooting. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "NHL will honor Douglas hockey at its awards show. Two Panthers could win big, too.," 19 June 2018 Orosco commended the Underground Railroad for its efforts. Heather Jordan, Detroit Free Press, "Bartenders training to handle sexual harassment situations," 8 Apr. 2018 All of the international cooperation is to be commended, however watching movies on the islands under starry skies is what summer should be about. Ioannis Pappos, Town & Country, "Is This the World's Most Glamorous Place to Watch Movies?," 10 July 2018 Stepping up prosecutions of gun crimes, even small-time ones, is an excellent development, and Mr. Sessions is to be commended. Kevin D. Williamson, WSJ, "The Unjust Prosecution of a Black Militia Kook," 6 July 2018 This continues efforts begun by the prior council and is to be commended. Keith Curry,, "Newport Beach City Council made a trio of sound financial decisions," 14 June 2018 Kustra commended Otter's leadership and his close working relationships with Kustra and Bieter that helped build a solid connection between BSU and the city. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise State-Apple U? Facebook sports? Bob Kustra still has bold ideas as retirement nears," 12 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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Phrases Related to commend

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have much to commend it

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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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