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 Both commended Trump and his administration for recognizing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous peoples. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Arizona to get coordinator in nationwide plan for missing and murdered indigenous people," 26 Nov. 2019 Foley, who lives in Rochester, N.H., commended the bravery of military members who carried out the operation against Baghdadi., "Diane Foley, the mother of murdered war correspondent James Foley, said Sunday she was grateful to learn the US government was still searching for members of the group’s leadership after news broke Sunday of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group.," 28 Oct. 2019 Barry commended the 57 percent of companies on her magazine’s list that offer the same amount of parental leave regardless of gender. Erin Delmore, NBC News, "The best company for working moms is ...," 24 Sep. 2019 Many readers have commended Lowe as a hero, but some have questioned whether the video should have been posted. oregonlive, "Superintendent says video of Parkrose coach disarming student shouldn’t have been released," 20 Oct. 2019 Three of the 18 people who got to ask questions during the meeting commended Craig for backing impeachment probe, but each wanted her to address other issues. Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities, "At Angie Craig forum, Trump impeachment isn’t on constituents’ minds," 14 Oct. 2019 Trump has instead commended both sides, but actually done little. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Defying the World, Turkey Launches a War Against a U.S. Ally in Syria," 9 Oct. 2019 The response teams from both the DRC and Uganda must be commended for preventing the mass cross-border export of Ebola cases given the complex nature of the current outbreak. Mosoka Fallah, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s porous and informal borders make it difficult to contain Ebola," 17 June 2019 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

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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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Commend.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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