- to present, mention, or praise as worthy of confidence, notice, kindness, etc.; recommend: to commend a friend to another; to commend an applicant for employment.
- to entrust; give in charge; deliver with confidence: I commend my child to your care.
- to cite or name with approval or special praise: to commend a soldier for bravery.
- Feudal Law. to place (oneself or one's land) under another's protection so as to become his vassal.
- Archaic. to recommend (a person) to the kind remembrance of another.
Origin of commend
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Examples from the Web for commend
Still, there is plenty to commend about Cotton, and he is a formidable candidate.A GOP Senate? Why It Won't Come Easy
September 1, 2014
Sadly, their families are typically the only ones left to commend, since most of the awardees are dead.The Medal of Honor Disgrace
Brian Van Reet
March 26, 2014
I commend her for standing by her friend and going on record as a character witness.The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
The want Dr. St. James to remain in the classroom, and commend Millikin for standing by him.My Professor, the Killer: Why Dr. James St. James Should Stay
August 8, 2013
I commend him for doing so, and for the immense amount of good he has done in that role.Is Dan Savage the Gay Santorum?
May 3, 2012
Into Thy hands I commend my body and soul, and all that is mine.
Into thy hands I commend my body and soul, and all that is mine.
If you be really of her kindred, I commend to you my brother: he is at ——, with Mr. Morton.Night and Morning, Complete
Now, your Worship, commend me faithfully to my most gracious lord, the Elector.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
There is Mother Butterworth, too, whom I might commend to your notice.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to present or represent as being worthy of regard, confidence, kindness, etc; recommend
- to give in charge; entrust
- to express a good opinion of; praise
- to give the regards ofcommend me to your aunt
Word Origin and History for commend
mid-14c., comenden, from Latin commendare "to commit to the care or keeping (of someone), to entrust to; to commit to writing;" hence "to set off, render agreeable, praise," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + mandare "to commit to one's charge" (see mandate (n.)). In some senses, a shortening of recommend. Related: Commended; commending.