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.

Other Words from commend

commendable \ kə-​ˈmen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce commend (audio) \ adjective
commendably \ kə-​ˈmen-​də-​blē How to pronounce commend (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Environmentalists commend its ability to absorb carbon underwater and grow rapidly without feed. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 The awards ceremony, held in front of an audience for the first time since the start of the pandemic, was to commend films from both 2020 and 2021 as the ceremony was canceled last year. Karen Chu, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2022 Most reviews boast about smooth transactions and commend their representatives for exceptional service. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 Thursday's votes for the operating and capital budgets were both 26-0, with members taking turns during the meeting to commend the bipartisanship work shown during the budget process. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 23 June 2022 A few nights after the Grammys, Colbert called Batiste over to the late-night show couch to commend his victories in a segment that spotlighted the sincerity of both men. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 In December 2018, Rahinsky wrote Schurr to commend him for chasing and catching a suspect who tried to run away during a traffic stop in May 2018. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2022 Avoiding eye contact and making a quick exit are the chief requirements in this awkward situation, so Miss Manners was about to commend you. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 However, Gerstein does commend Choi for her blending technique and her contour placement. Sara Miranda, Allure, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Commend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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