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

Fleet executive Dave Boller commended the decision, but also suggested the missed practice time may have slowed Kolone’s football progress that month. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Fallbrook’s Jeremiah Kolone bidding for roster spot with Rams," 13 Aug. 2019 Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth commended those efforts in their letter, but said more should be done. New York Times, "Senators Call on M.L.B. for More Transparency on Foul Ball Injuries," 6 Aug. 2019 In a letter delivering the news that Boi’s novel won’t be picked up, a publisher commends the promising aptitude the author made visible through the submission, but regrets its lack of maturity. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The slick Spanish thriller ‘Boi’ is undercut by an abundance of style," 25 July 2019 Teammates Steph Curry and Klay Thompson commended Durant's effort and willingness to play in the crucial matchup. Kaelen Jones,, "Kevin Durant's Mother Voices Support for Her Son After Achilles Injury in Finals," 11 June 2019 Bochy commended River Cats manager Dave Brundage for the work he’s done managing a club that’s constantly been in flux due to the high volume of transactions at the top levels of the organization this season. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Triple-A Sacramento breaks two-decade drought for SF Giants’ farm system," 30 Aug. 2019 Warren commended Underhill for bringing more diversity to the DA’s Office., "Photo wall of white male prosecutors removed from the Multnomah County DA’s Office," 21 Aug. 2019 Orient commended Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, a 2015 agreement between 195 nations that aims to slow the potentially disastrous effects of climate change. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "Trump to be honored by deniers of human-caused climate-change in Tucson," 17 July 2019 At a third of the cost, nearly a decade sooner, and with zero wetlands variances, Phase 1 has much to commend it., "Should the state proceed with Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail project?," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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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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