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.
  3. to cite or name with approval or special praise: to commend a soldier for bravery.
  4. Feudal Law. to place (oneself or one's land) under another's protection so as to become his vassal.
  5. 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 formscom·mend·a·ble, adjectivecom·mend·er, nouncom·mend·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·com·mend, verb (used with object)sub·com·mend·ed, adjectivewell-com·mend·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcommendable commendatory

Synonyms for commend

Synonym study

1. See approve.

Antonyms for commend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for commender

Historical Examples of commender

  • He is a great teacher, a corrector of morals, a censor of vice, and a commender of virtue.

  • One is commended, and, unseen, he is loved: doth this love enter the heart of the hearer from the mouth of the commender?

British Dictionary definitions for commender


verb (tr)
  1. to present or represent as being worthy of regard, confidence, kindness, etc; recommend
  2. to give in charge; entrust
  3. to express a good opinion of; praise
  4. to give the regards ofcommend me to your aunt
Derived Formscommendable, 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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Word Origin and History for commender



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.

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