- 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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Related Wordsapplaud, hail, laud, endorse, approve, extol, compliment, entrust, confer, acclaim, support, advocate, countenance, stroke, build, sanction, boost, eulogize, accredit, relegate
Examples from the Web for commended
You were commended after the avian flu pandemic for your ability to forge such close friendships with international leaders.Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter
September 26, 2014
One that a few years ago commended her study and offered their help, should she need it.Why Did America’s Only Pot Researcher Suddenly Get Fired?
July 10, 2014
Moore placed the blame squarely on the Gazans, and commended his government for doing the same.No Doubt In Toronto
November 20, 2012
In the case of the Metro-North, the MTA stood its ground in allowing free speech, and should be commended.Dear MTA, A Little Consistency
Elisheva Goldberg, Hannah Gross
July 23, 2012
At her inauguration, she commended the Girl Scouts for their work.Vatican Investigating Girl Scouts for Links to Safe-Sex Education Groups
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 15, 2012
She took leave of her children and commended them to the care of Admetus.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
To Mr. Lorry, he commended them all, and explained his worldly affairs.A Tale of Two Cities
Both of them approved of my request, and commended my resolution.Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, Complete
Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre
Under proper restrictions the bond method of financing is to be commended.American Rural Highways
T. R. Agg
"You did well to follow Lord Julian's instructions," he commended the Major.Captain Blood
- 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 commended
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.