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.

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Some commended the artist for speaking openly about his need to bond with his daughter and share parenting roles with his wife. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Chance the Rapper postpones tour for paternity leave after birth of second daughter," 10 Sep. 2019 Chrissy Teigen, George Takei, Busy Philipps, fellow chef Gordon Ramsay and more are sharing their regards on Twitter, commending Bourdain for his open-mindedness, authenticity and curiosity. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Anthony Bourdain's Death: Barack Obama, Chrissy Teigen, Gordon Ramsay & Others Pay Tribute," 8 June 2018 The instructors commended her courage for coming forward and advised her to fill out an employee complaint form. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Fire Department records detail sexual harassment that led to firing of 5 cadets," 26 Mar. 2018 And Brady Dindia with Artful Studios, who brought the building briefly to full occupancy last year, commended the school board for sitting down with the remaining tenants in recent months to discuss plans. Thomas Jewell,, "Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board OKs sale of Coventry school, PEACE park to Heights Libraries," 21 Feb. 2018 In a statement released after Nichols’s revelation, USA Gymnastics commended her for coming forward and denied Manly’s accusations of a cover up. Dan Gartland,, "Aly Raisman Blasts USA Gymnastics for ‘Victim Shaming’ Larry Nassar Accusers," 10 Jan. 2018 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

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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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