From Middle English commenden, from Old French comender, from Latin commendō (commend, entrust to, commit, recommend), from com- + mandare (to commit, intrust, enjoin), from manus (hand) + dare (to put). Doublet of command.


  • IPA(key): /kəˈmɛnd/
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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.
    • 1697, John Dryden, “[Dedication of the Æneis]”, in The Works Of Virgil: Containing His Paſtorals, Georgics, And Æneis [], London: Printed for Jacob Tonſon, [], OCLC 403869432, page 166:
      Segrais on this Subject of a Heroe's ſhedding Tears, obſerves that Hiſtorians commend Alexander for weeping, when he read the mighty 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.
  5. (transitive) To recommend.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir M. Hale and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Among the objects of knowledge, two especially commend themselves to our contemplation.
    • I commend vnto you Phebe our sister, which is a seruant of the Church which is at Cenchrea:
  6. (transitive, dated) To adorn; to set off.

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commend (plural commends)

  1. (obsolete) Commendation; praise.
  2. (obsolete, in the plural) Compliments; greetings.
    • (Can we date this quote by Howell and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Hearty commends and much endeared love to you.

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