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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It has been highly commended by Citalia guests for its hospitality and good, varied cuisine.
▪ The restoration was singled out for praise in 1986 when it was highly commended by the Association of Railway Preservation Societies.
▪ Margaret was commended for her work in the community and her invitation was in recognition of this.
▪ I commend the work of my hon. Friend the Minister in that respect.
▪ The committee has commended achievement tests every four years.
▪ The leadership Rodriguez displayed is to be commended.
▪ The priest stepped forward to bless Tom's body and commend it to God.
▪ Behavior is to be commended only if it is more than merely commendable.
▪ But there's still plenty to commend the book.
▪ Despite my reservations about some aspects of the book, I do believe that it has much to commend it.
▪ He said he commended their guest for her knowledge of Neapolitan art which no doubt surpassed that of most Neapolitans.
▪ Hospital staff commended another canoeist who took a strap from his own craft to make a sling.
▪ I commend the Bill to the House.
▪ I commend the politicians of Northern Ireland for doing that.
▪ The judge commended not only his elegant and thorough analysis but also his lucid exposition of the work.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Commend \Com*mend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commended; p. pr. & vb. n. Commending.] [L. commendare; com- + mandare to intrust to one's charge, enjoin, command. Cf. Command, Mandate.]

  1. To commit, intrust, or give in charge for care or preservation.

    His eye commends the leading to his hand.

    Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
    --Luke xxiii. 46.

  2. To recommend as worthy of confidence or regard; to present as worthy of notice or favorable attention.

    Among the objects of knowledge, two especially commend themselves to our contemplation.
    --Sir M. Hale.

    I commend unto you Phebe our sister.
    --Rom. xvi. 1.

  3. To mention with approbation; to praise; as, to commend a person or an act.

    Historians commend Alexander for weeping when he read the actions of Achilles.

  4. To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and good will. [Archaic]

    Commend me to my brother.


Commend \Com*mend"\, n.

  1. Commendation; praise. [Obs.]

    Speak in his just commend.

  2. pl. Compliments; greetings. [Obs.]

    Hearty commends and much endeared love to you.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) commendation; praise 2 (context obsolete in the plural English) compliments; greetings vb. 1 To congratulate or reward. 2 To praise or acclaim. 3 To entrust or commit to the care of someone else. 4 To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and goodwill. 5 To recommend. 6 To force in a mental way.

  1. v. express approval of

  2. present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence; "His paintings commend him to the artistic world"

  3. give to in charge; "I commend my children to you"

  4. express a good opinion of [syn: recommend]

  5. mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship; "Remember me to your wife" [syn: remember]

Usage examples of "commend".

The road from Eastthorpe running westerly and parallel with the river at a distance of about a mile from it sends out at the fourth milestone a byroad to the south, which crosses the river by a stone bridge, and there is no doubt that before the bridge existed there was a ford, and that there was also a chapel hard by where people probably commended their souls to God before taking the water.

King Chaac and Monja were forgiven, and commended as well, for their course of action.

Do commend me to the lady, and tell her, though a stranger, I feel interested in her distresses, and should be happy to have it in my power to alleviate them.

The conversation turning on Voltaire, the Ecossaise was mentioned, and the acting of my neighbour was highly commended in words that made her blush and shine in her beauty like a star, whereat her praises were renewed.

I cheerfully commend to your continued patronage the benevolent institutions of the District of Columbia which have hitherto been established or fostered by Congress, and respectfully refer for information concerning them and in relation to the Washington Aqueduct, the Capitol, and other matters of local interest to the report of the Secretary.

He was fit enough to survive the early exercises strongly enough to be noticed and commended by the Training Team but by suffering horribly on the ropes in the gym he did not distinguish himself as a phys nut inside the batch.

Where verdant dwarf subjects are in request, either for edgings, borders, or rockwork, this is to be commended as one of the most reliable, both for effect and vigour.

She seemed unable to find words wherein to thank the princess, who commended her and her friend Emilie to the superioress before she left the house, and gave her a small present to buy necessaries for them.

CHAPTER IV My Amours With Donna Ignazia--My Imprisonment At Buen Retiro--My Triumph --I Am Commended to the Venetian Ambassador by One of the State Inquisitors We entered the ball-room and walked round several times.

Twice I was commended for what were called gallant actions, such as bringing a wounded comrade out of danger under a warm fire, mostly of assegais, and penetrating by night, almost alone, into the stronghold of a chieftain, and shooting him.

Marseilles girl whom he had left penniless in an inn at Milan, commending her to my care.

CHAPTER VIII My Imprudence--Passano--I Am Imprisoned--My Departure from Barcelona-- Madame Castelbajac at Montpellier--Nimes--I Arrive at Aix Although my Swiss landlord seemed an honest and trustworthy kind of man, I could not help thinking that Nina had acted very imprudently in commending me to him.

An Englishman named Acton commended me to an English banker at Leghorn, but this letter did not empower me to draw any supplies.

People may say what they will about the refreshing influences of a coldwater bath, but commend me when in a perspiration to the shade baths of Tior, beneath the cocoanut trees, and amidst the cool delightful atmosphere which surrounds them.

I told him I was glad to hear it, and said that I commended to him the care of her happiness, but such commendations were thrown away.