Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To represent as worthy, qualified, or desirable; recommend.
  • transitive v. To express approval of; praise. See Synonyms at praise.
  • transitive v. To commit to the care of another; entrust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To congratulate or reward.
  • v. To praise or acclaim.
  • v. To entrust or commit to the care of someone else
  • v. To force in a mental way
  • n. commendation; praise
  • n. compliments; greetings

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Commendation; praise.
  • n. Compliments; greetings.
  • transitive v. To commit, intrust, or give in charge for care or preservation.
  • transitive v. To recommend as worthy of confidence or regard; to present as worthy of notice or favorable attention.
  • transitive v. To mention with approbation; to praise.
  • transitive v. To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and good will.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To commit; deliver with confidence; intrust or give in charge.
  • To represent or distinguish as being worthy of confidence, notice, regard, or kindness; recommend or accredit to favor, acceptance, or favorable attention; set forward for notice: sometimes used reflexively: as, this subject commends itself to our careful attention.
  • To praise; mention with approbation.
  • To bring to the mind or memory of; give or send the greeting of: with a personal pronoun, often reflexive.
  • In feudal eccles. law, to place under the control of a lord. See commendation, 4.
  • Synonyms and To extol, laud, eulogize, applaud.
  • To express approval or praise.
  • n. Commendation; compliment; remembrance; greeting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express a good opinion of
  • v. give to in charge
  • v. mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
  • v. express approval of
  • v. present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence

Etymologies

Middle English commenden, from Latin commendāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + mandāre, to entrust; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin commendare ("to praise"), from com- + mandare ("to commit, intrust, enjoin"), from manus ("hand") + dare ("to put"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pilotshark, I again commend you on your compassionate approach to teh trolls — offering them help to overcome their affliction, rather than simple derision.

    Think Progress » CNN Taps Unhinged Conservative Blogger Erick Erickson As Regular Political Commentator

  • Actually, what I really want to commend is the book.

    History

  • Whether we may herein commend his prudence I know not; the event does not commend it, for it did not prove at all to his comfort.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The president said he wanted to "commend" McCain, who "has already paid a significant political cost for doing the right thing" on immigration.

    Obama holds twice-delayed immigration meeting

  • But I see that she does thank the people of NC and I guess "commend" is the same as congratulate.

    Hillary Holding A Public Event Today, After All

  • And Rich Bond, a respected former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was a paid consultant to the SEIU for several years, and brokered a deal to have the union "commend" President Bush for broaching the topic of immigration reform, while withholding support for his specific ideas.

    A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE DIVIDED

  • I want to "commend" this guy for going on Wikipedia and actually having the sense to write a stroy that EVERYONE has been pitching to me since there was a story on AP and Reuters on a possible asteroid impact in 2036.

    HHCom 12

  • And by "commend," I of course mean chastize for being unoriginal and bland.

    HHCom 12

  • But one thing that I would kind of commend your attention to is look at the pattern of things that have come up over the last number of years which only mattered for that year.

    Press Briefing On The Budget Resolution

  • Whereas in the last century and before the devout would have prayed for the souls of the dead, imploring God to show them mercy and compassion instead of dealing with them according to their deserts, today Anglican clergymen suggest that it would be more seemly to 'commend' them to God and give thanks for 'their life and witness.'

    Pure in Heart

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