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.
- com·mend·a·ble, adjective
- com·mend·er, noun
- com·mend·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·com·mend, verb (used with object)
- commendable , commendatory
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How to use commend in a sentence
Still, there is plenty to commend about Cotton, and he is a formidable candidate.
Sadly, their families are typically the only ones left to commend, since most of the awardees are dead.
I commend her for standing by her friend and going on record as a character witness.
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 | Joelle Charbonneau | August 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I commend him for doing so, and for the immense amount of good he has done in that role.
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.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
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.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
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
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 of: commend me to your aunt
- commendable, adjective
- commendableness, noun
- commendably, adverb
- commendatory, adjective
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