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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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 The curators of the exhibition — Gartenfeld, along with the museum’s outgoing director Ellen Salpeter and the artist’s son Flavin Judd, curator and co-president of the Judd Foundation — should be commended on their display of the artwork. Siobhan Morrissey, miamiherald, "These paintings are rarely shown. You can see them in Miami's Design District. | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 In the wake of its publication, many have taken to Twitter to commend Linsenmeir's family for their honest and heartbreaking portrayal of their daughter's life, and the opioid crisis. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "This Powerful Obit Is Going Viral Thanks to Its Brutal Honesty About Opioid Addiction," 17 Oct. 2018 Fast forward four years to now, and Meghan, the Duchess, is being widely commended for doing the exact same in her new royal role. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Favorite Princess as a Child Definitely Isn't Who You'd Expect," 14 Aug. 2018 Now, Kelly has taken to Twitter to share her final thoughts on the situation, echoing Zendaya's words about forgiveness and giving Giuliana credit for stepping up and apologizing and commending Zendaya for handling the situation with such grace. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Kelly Osbourne Responds To Giuliana Rancic's Apology To Zendaya," 26 Feb. 2015 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

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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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