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 commendable (audio) \ adjective
commendably \ kə-​ˈmen-​də-​blē How to pronounce commendably (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 Allen chief said residents can commend or report an officer using the city’s website. Dallas News, "Allen police chief ‘outraged’ by the death of George Floyd promises to review policies," 10 June 2020 Officials have continued to commend peaceful protesters for exercising their 1st Amendment rights while also reminding them to remain cautious. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus deaths spike in L.A. County, with highest weekend total in over a month," 8 June 2020 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres commended Uzbekistan’s decision as an important contribution to global efforts to end statelessness by 2024. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Portugal plans for a green future, and more," 15 May 2020 Eric Schmitt is to be commended for wanting to make China pay a price in the United States for its malignant role in the current global pandemic. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Missouri’s Misguided Lawsuit Against China," 23 Apr. 2020 Two years later, in September 2019, Khan was cleared of all allegations and even commended. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India decongests its jails to check coronavirus but political prisoners are still locked up," 13 May 2020 Maduro has commended the Chinese for their response to the virus earlier this week and suggested that Venezuelans trade their usual kiss-on-the-cheek greetings with elbow taps. Patricia Laya,, "Venezuela Conducts ‘Tens’ of Virus Tests and Bans Europe Flights," 12 Mar. 2020 Believing that this is a choice that should never be forgotten, Thabane has said he should be commended, not mocked for this decision. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, "A murder scandal, Lesotho’s prime minister, his wife and an African lesson on the rule of law," 5 Mar. 2020 But as von der Leyen arrived and commended him for his statesmanship during Britain’s divorce from the EU, there were few cheers. Dara Doyle,, "Brexit Halo Fades for a Leader Fighting for Survival," 5 May 2020

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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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20 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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