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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
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Examples from the web for commended
  • His interest in the enhancing geographic education is to be commended.
  • They may not have whined about it later, and if not they should be commended for accepting it as something to have been expected.
  • The many part-time faculty who care more about their students than do many full-time faculty should be commended, indeed rewarded.
  • And so far it commended itself to the majority of the revolutionaries.
  • Such efforts are to be commended whether they bear immediate fruit or not.
  • She always commended me to all the saints, and perhaps they have helped me more than once.
  • The other lawyer commended the firm's boss for the replacement.
  • Some of it commended his proposal, and some criticised it, but none of it questioned its premise.
  • He surely deserves to be commended for his intellectual bravery.
  • At the same time, there are some things to be commended.
British Dictionary definitions for commended


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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