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 Others commend the way in which Emily perseveres in spite of the endless critique. Marina Khorosh, Vogue, "How the French Really Feel About Emily in Paris’s Style," 14 Oct. 2020 Even after a modest resurgence of the disease, New Zealanders continued to commend Ms Ardern for averting the worst. The Economist, "Jacindarella A fairy-tale election result beckons for New Zealand’s prime minister," 3 Oct. 2020 Digital Trends didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but employees took to Twitter to acknowledge their own layoffs and commend their colleagues. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland online publisher Digital Trends lays off more than a dozen journalists," 30 Sep. 2020 The city’s app now allows users to, among other things, report a coyote or bobcat sighting, register to volunteer for the water conservation block leader program and commend an officer or city employee. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "This app from the city of Allen will remind you to take out the trash," 3 Sep. 2020 Other players took to social media to commend the team and voice their frustrations with the continued racial injustice in America. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Naomi Osaka Won’t Play Her Upcoming Match in Protest of the Police Shooting of Jacob Blake," 27 Aug. 2020 Others flocked to the comments to commend Ellie on a job well done. Georgia Slater,, "Helpful Dog Delivers Chick-fil-A to Owner at Curbside Pickup: It's Her 'Favorite Thing to Do!'," 25 Aug. 2020 In fact, many economists commend its quick and decisive actions when the pandemic hit and say those bold steps were key in staving off another financial crisis and possibly even a depression. Sally Bakewell, Star Tribune, "A $2 trillion credit boom leaves America's smaller firms behind," 15 Aug. 2020 Reviewers commend the kayak for its comfortable and adjustable seat that features ergonomic padding. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Kayaks for Fishing and Floating," 3 June 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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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 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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