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Borrowed from Latin commendare (commend, entrust to, commit, recommend), from com- + mandare (to commit, intrust, enjoin), from manus (hand) + dare (to put). Doublet of command.


  • IPA(key): /kəˈmɛnd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛnd


commend (third-person singular simple present commends, present participle commending, simple past and past participle commended)

  1. (transitive) To congratulate or reward.
    The schoolboy was commended for raising the alarm about the burning building.
  2. (transitive) To praise or acclaim.
    • Dryden (Can we date this quote?)
      Historians commend Alexander for weeping when he read the actions of Achilles.
  3. (transitive) To entrust or commit to the care of someone else.
  4. (transitive) To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and goodwill.
    • Shakespeare (Can we date this quote?)
      Commend me to my brother.
  5. (transitive) To recommend.
    • Sir M. Hale (Can we date this quote?)
      Among the objects of knowledge, two especially commend themselves to our contemplation.
    • Bible, Romans xvi. 1
      I commend unto you Phoebe our sister.
  6. (transitive, dated) To adorn; to set off.

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commend (plural commends)

  1. (obsolete) Commendation; praise.
    • Shakespeare (Can we date this quote?)
      Speak in his just commend.
  2. (obsolete, in the plural) Compliments; greetings.
    • Howell (Can we date this quote?)
      Hearty commends and much endeared love to you.

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