from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To express approval of; praise: synonym: praise.
  • transitive verb To represent as worthy, qualified, or desirable; recommend.
  • transitive verb To cause to be worthy of recommendation.
  • transitive verb To commit to the care of another; entrust.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Commendation; compliment; remembrance; greeting.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To congratulate or reward.
  • verb To praise or acclaim.
  • verb To entrust or commit to the care of someone else
  • verb To force in a mental way
  • noun obsolete commendation; praise
  • noun obsolete, in the plural compliments; greetings

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

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


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

[Middle English commenden, from Latin commendāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + mandāre, to entrust; see man- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin commendare ("to praise"), from com- + mandare ("to commit, intrust, enjoin"), from manus ("hand") + dare ("to put").


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