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 Even fans watching at home commended Inaba for her honesty, and expressed similar frustrations. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "'DWTS' Judge Carrie Ann Inaba Is 'A Little Irritated' With America's Vote," 5 Nov. 2019 Instead, Castro commended Obama for filling part (but not all) of the donut hole of uninsured Americans — just as Biden is attempting to do now. Gilbert Garcia,, "Castro’s snark attack divides the Democratic base," 14 Sep. 2019 Hanwell also commended the city’s safety services, specifically mentioning the collaboration efforts between local agencies and cross-training by Medina Police officers on first aid methods such as trauma bleeding control. Allison Wood,, "Medina mayor explains why city is one of the state’s best," 9 Sep. 2019 Davis’s strong relationships went well beyond the San Diego delegation, and several of her Republican colleagues also commended her in comments to the Union-Tribune. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As Rep. Susan Davis departs, San Diego loses its longest serving member and ‘true public servant’," 8 Sep. 2019 Ford’s Bay Area judge congratulated her, and Bird’s New York City court clerk commended him on being true to himself. Dan Stahl, NBC News, "Making a name for yourself: For trans people, it's 'life-changing'," 6 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump, conversely, commended them. The Economist, "What do Donald Trump’s immigration raids accomplish?," 21 Aug. 2019 The members of Alaska’s congressional delegation also commended the moves, citing the economic development opportunities and the need to fulfill land conveyance commitments to the state and Native corporations. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "BLM lifts Alaska land withdrawals, opening 1.3 million acres," 28 June 2019 Ferguson also commended the officer’s handling of events. Hanna Krueger,, "Footage shows suspects in Uptown CVS shootout fired first, striking officer in shoulder," 25 June 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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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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