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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.


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  • 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
      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
      Commend me to my brother.
  5. (transitive) To recommend.
    • Sir M. Hale
      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
      Speak in his just commend.
  2. (obsolete, in the plural) compliments; greetings
    • Howell
      Hearty commends and much endeared love to you.

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