View synonyms for commended


[ kuh-men-did ]


  1. presented, mentioned, or praised as worthy of confidence, notice, kindness, etc.; recommended:

    It looks to be one of the most commended films of the year—summed up by critics as “insightful, uncomfortable, and poignant.”

  2. publicly or officially cited with approval or special praise:

    The contest will have only one winner, but all commended entrants will receive a certificate.

  3. Feudal Law. (of one’s lands or oneself) placed under another’s protection in return for becoming their vassal:

    During Japan’s Heian period the tax-free holdings of nobles increased, along with the commended lands from hard-pressed peasants.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of commend.

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Other Words From

  • sub·com·mend·ed adjective
  • well-com·mend·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of commended1

First recorded in 1475–85; commend ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; commend ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

We commend Sterling for his courageous response to this terrible situation by repeatedly sharing his story and working tirelessly with countless local groups and organizations to help make change in our community.

He also commended leaders for filling two of the vacant trustees’ seats with women of color.

Speers, though, commended Bry for telling Voice of San Diego that she would recuse from future decisions, if Berkshire Hathaway ends up submitting a bid.

Last week, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award highly commended Mukherjee’s picture for the Amphibians and Reptiles category.

Over the ensuing days, Wicks’ inbox was flooded with thousands of emails from parents, both commending and commiserating.

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At the meeting, Power commended the two for “leading the charge” and urged others to follow suit.

You were commended after the avian flu pandemic for your ability to forge such close friendships with international leaders.

One that a few years ago commended her study and offered their help, should she need it.

He enthusiastically commended Justin Cartwright (who by that time had already written half a dozen novels).

Moore placed the blame squarely on the Gazans, and commended his government for doing the same.

Thomas Cooper, an English prelate, died; highly commended for his great learning and eloquence.

It is the place only where Spain is commended, and preferred before England itself.

Whereupon both girls were highly indignant; they rapturously commended Haggard's valiant behaviour.

Lords Brougham and Abingdon commended the measure as far as it went; but they still thought it incomplete.

His persuasive powers of appeal, and his straight, direct way of argument, commended him to his comrades.