commend

verb

com·​mend kə-ˈmend How to pronounce commend (audio)
commended; commending; commends

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.
commendable adjective
commendably 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 touching exchange continued with Wonder reciprocating the sentiment, commending Beyoncé for inspiring positive change in the world. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 2 Apr. 2024 Witnesses near the crash rendered first aid and CPR to Buckner before emergency responders arrived, actions that the chief commended. The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2024 Several Democratic leaders who honored the life and legacy of former Sen. Joe Lieberman at his funeral Friday remembered the man who represented Connecticut for over two decades as a calming presence and commended his approach to holding public office in contrast to today's division. Juhi Doshi, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2024 The mother of three repeatedly called her husband's death unexpected while promoting her book and was commended by many for helping her sons and other young children process the death of a parent. CBS News, 27 Mar. 2024 Though their encounter lasts just a minute, Giamatti can’t stop laughing at the charade, commending Friend’s startlingly familiar and hard-to-achieve mannerisms. Jake Kring-Schreifels, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 This has included sending a message to Ava DuVernay to commend her 2023 drama Origin, which spurred debate over its lack of awards attention. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2024 One mom relates to the actress and commends her for her decision. Kristina Behr, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 Carter accepted the principle without comment on Friday, and commended all of the parties involved. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French comander, from Latin commendare, from com- + mandare to entrust — more at mandate

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near commend

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commend. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

commend

verb
com·​mend kə-ˈmend How to pronounce commend (audio)
1
: to give into another's care : entrust
2
: to speak of someone or something with approval : praise
commended her for her honesty
commendable adjective
commendably adverb

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