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 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 The bottom-line: While no one is about to commend CBS for its originality, the inherent strength of any broadcast platform relies on an understanding of who the audience is. Marc Berman, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The coaches commend Rio, too, because Julia Michaels's songs aren't easy to sing. Maggie Fremont,, 27 Apr. 2021 Dadu would commend my memory and proceed with the story. Nandini Balial, Wired, 26 Apr. 2021 Then a person in charge (the evaluator) would commend them for their work on the tasks, and offer stickers as a prize. Christian B. Miller, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Meklemburg not only wanted to commend Quad City CERT members, but also inspire other residents to consider volunteering their time. John Benson, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021 Powell never had the opportunity to play Augusta National and emailed its chairman, Fred Ridley, to commend him for hosting the women’s amateur event, first played in 2019. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2021 Italy’s other fashion-industry billionaires commend a brand that has endured and expanded and represents, no matter where one goes, the top of the Italian food chain. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, 31 Mar. 2021 The 42-year-old went on to commend Saints ownership, Gayle Benson and her late husband, Tom Benson. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of commend was in the 14th century

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9 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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