[ kuh-mend ]
/ kəˈmɛnd /

verb (used with object)

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

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

Related forms

Can be confused

commendable commendatory

Synonym study

1. See approve. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for commend


/ (kəˈmɛnd) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

commendable, adjectivecommendableness, nouncommendably, adverbcommendatory, adjective

Word Origin for commend

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