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, “[Dedication of the Æneis]”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] 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.
  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.

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