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[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
commendable, adjective
commender, noun
commendingly, adverb
overcommend, verb (used with object)
subcommended, adjective
well-commended, adjective
Can be confused
commendable, commendatory.
1. acclaim, laud, extol. See approve. 2. commit, consign, relegate, convey.
1. censure. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I scrupled not to make plain to her that her plan did not commend itself to me.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • If you be really of her kindred, I commend to you my brother: he is at ——, with Mr. Morton.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is one of the earnest principles of my faith to commend fashion.

    Journalism for Women E.A. Bennett
  • Now, your Worship, commend me faithfully to my most gracious lord, the Elector.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Cromwell nodded his head once more to commend the Archbishop's gentleman with a perfect acquiescence.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for commend


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
commendable, adjective
commendableness, noun
commendably, adverb
commendatory, adjective
Word Origin
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 commend

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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