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 Baranski has been commended for her performance in this entertaining show, which is exclusively on CBS All Access. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "TV shows you can watch to take your mind off coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 Addressing lawmakers, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government, Mr. Rivlin commended Germany for having become a beacon of democracy in the struggle against anti-Semitism. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Israeli President Warns of Mounting Anti-Semitism in Europe," 29 Jan. 2020 Coach Crump's split-second reaction to keep his player(s) safe should have been commended and not come with this punitive punishment. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Ousted Desert Vista basketball coach Gino Crump gets support from reinstatement petition," 31 Dec. 2019 Ilewicz also has been commended many times in his 20 years with the department. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester police officer demoted, suspended after “concerning pattern of behavior”," 3 Oct. 2019 Experts have also commended the Singaporean government for good risk communication, warning its citizens early on on the likelihood of community spreading rather than playing down the risk with overly assuring messaging. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The Singaporean government is taking a collective pay cut out of coronavirus solidarity," 28 Feb. 2020 Even Thomas Newton’s plinky-plonky score had little to commend it. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "What Two Nominations for Best Picture Say About Film," 10 Feb. 2020 When Nikkie came out publicly as transgender, Jeffree took to Twitter to commend her for her bravery. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Congratulates NikkieTutorials on Coming Out as Transgender, Seemingly Ending Their Feud," 14 Jan. 2020 The photo has garnered more than 8 million likes (and counting) with many fans praising her beauty and even more commending her for being so real and honest on social media. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Selena Gomez’s New Makeup-Free Selfie Has 8 Million Likes — And Counting," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 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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