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 commend (audio) \ adjective
commendably \ kə-​ˈmen-​də-​blē How to pronounce commend (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 From the judges: The judges commend the Detroit Free Press for taking on the powerful auto industry in their hometown., "Free Press stories a driver of change in Michigan," 27 Dec. 2020 Democrats, labor union leaders and other interest groups were quick to commend the governor’s pick. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff leaves as new top advisor joins his team," 21 Dec. 2020 Sometimes a doctor notices her good work and pauses to commend her. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage nurse began her career just as the pandemic reached Alaska. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” she said.," 26 Dec. 2020 Some participants are critical of DeSantis’ approach, while others commend his efforts. Kathleen Christiansen,, "New documentary examines Gov. DeSantis’ response to COVID-19 in Florida," 18 Dec. 2020 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

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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