[ kuh-mend ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.

  2. to entrust; give in charge; deliver with confidence: I commend my child to your care.

  1. to cite or name with approval or special praise: to commend a soldier for bravery.

  2. Feudal Law. to place (oneself or one's land) under another's protection so as to become his vassal.

  3. Archaic. to recommend (a person) to the kind remembrance of another.

Origin of commend

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English commenden, from Latin commendāre, equivalent to com- com- + -mendāre, combining form of mandāre; see mandate

synonym study For commend

1. See approve.

Other words for commend

Opposites for commend

Other words from commend

  • com·mend·a·ble, adjective
  • com·mend·er, noun
  • com·mend·ing·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·com·mend, verb (used with object)

Words that may be confused with commend

Words Nearby commend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use commend in a sentence

  • Speaking as a Russian and also as one who has travelled all over the world, I say, commend me to England for comfort.

    The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
  • They neither approve nor disapprove, commend or condemn, till they have consulted his looks and his countenance.

  • Cycling does not appear to commend itself greatly to the Spanish idea of recreation.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
  • That is a philanthropic wrinkle for chapel keepers and other compounders of business and piety which we commend to special notice.

  • We must also commend Harris for supplying a consistent and relatively believable motivation for the main action.

    The City Bride (1696) | Joseph Harris

British Dictionary definitions for commend


/ (kəˈmɛnd) /

  1. to present or represent as being worthy of regard, confidence, kindness, etc; recommend

  2. to give in charge; entrust

  1. to express a good opinion of; praise

  2. to give the regards of: commend me to your aunt

Origin of commend

C14: from Latin commendāre to commit to someone's care, from com- (intensive) + mandāre to entrust

Derived forms of commend

  • commendable, adjective
  • commendableness, noun
  • commendably, adverb
  • commendatory, adjective

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