On one occasion, he commended a woman for being “truthful and honest and straightforward” after she lambasted him in court.
On several occasions, and in several policy decisions, he commended the work of Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services.
In the case of the Metro-North, the MTA stood its ground in allowing free speech, and should be 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.