- 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 commender
- 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 commender
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.