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commend

verb

  1. (express approval of)  to express approval of
    Type of: praise
  2. (portray)  to present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
    Type of: portray
  3. (entrust)  to give to in charge
    Type of: entrust
  4. (recommend)  to express a good opinion of
    Synonyms: recommend. Type of: praise
  5. (mention)  to mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
    Synonyms: remember. Type of: mention

Etymology summary

comenden, from Latin commendare "to commit to the care or keeping (of someone),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Commendation ceremony

a formal ceremony that evolved during the Early Medieval period to create a bond between a lord and his fighting man, called his vassal. The first recorded ceremony of commendatio was in 7th century France, but the relationship of vassalage was older,... (42 of 752 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

commend | recommend [synonym, sense-specific] | entrust [synonym, sense-specific] | praise [synonym, sense-specific] | commendable [adjective, derived]

to present or represent as being worthy of regard, confidence, kindness, etc; recommend | to give in charge; entrust | to express a good opinion of; ... (24 of 545 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/commend

Merriam-Webster:

commend | praise [synonym, sense-specific] | give [synonym, sense-specific] | commit [synonym, sense-specific] | confide [synonym, sense-specific] | consign [synonym, sense-specific] | delegate [synonym, sense-specific] | deliver [synonym, sense-specific] | entrust [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to entrust for care or preservation | to recommend as worthy of confidence or notice | to mention with approbation; "praise" | to commend or serve as ... (24 of 188 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/commend

Oxford Dictionary:

commend | commend someone/thing to | commend someone to | highly commended | recommend [synonym, sense-specific]

praise formally or officially | present as suitable for approval or acceptance; recommend | make (something) acceptable or pleasing | ("commend ... (18 of 162 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

commend [transitive, formal] | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present] | commend itself to someone

to praise someone or something formally or publicly | to tell someone that a person or thing is good, useful, or suitable | "commend itself (to ... (24 of 103 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/commend

Random House Dictionary:

commend

to present, mention, or praise as worthy of confidence, notice, kindness, etc.; recommend. | to entrust; give in charge; deliver with confidence. | to ... (22 of 91 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/commend

American Heritage Dictionary:

commend | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present] | commendable [adjective, related] | commendableness [noun, related] | commendably [adverb, related]

To represent as worthy, qualified, or desirable; recommend. | To express approval of; praise. | To commit to the care of another; entrust. (21 of 58 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

commend | commendable [adjective, related] | commendably [adverb, related]

to put in the care of another; entrust | to mention as worthy of attention; recommend | to express approval of; praise | [archaic] to transmit the ... (24 of 54 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commend

Cambridge Dictionary:

commend

to formally praise someone or something (6 of 40 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/commend

Wiktionary:

commend | commends [plural] | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commendation [synonym, sense-specific] | compliments [synonym, sense-specific] | praise [synonym, sense-specific] | greetings [synonym, sense-specific]

To congratulate or reward. | To praise or acclaim. | To entrust or commit to the care of someone else | To force in a mental way | [obsolete] commendation; praise | [obsolete, plural] compliments; greetings (31 of 40 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/commend

Encarta Dictionary:

commend | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present]

to praise somebody or something in a formal way | to show something to possess worthwhile qualities | to endorse somebody or something as being worthy ... (24 of 119 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598907​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

commend

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: comenden, from Latin commendare "to commit to the care or keeping (of someone), to entrust to; to commit to writing"; hence "to set off, ... (26 of 46 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

commend | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English commenden, from Latin commendāre: com-, intensive prefix; see "com-" + mandāre, to entrust; see man- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

commend

Origin: Middle English commenden from Latin commendare, to entrust to, commend from com-, intensive + mandare, to commit to one's charge: see "mandate"

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Wiktionary:

commend | commends [plural] | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle]

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

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Collins Dictionary:

commend

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin commendāre to commit to someone's care, from com- (intensive) + mandāre to entrust

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/commend

Oxford Dictionary:

commend | commend someone/thing to | commend someone to

Origin: Middle English: from Latin commendare, from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare "commit, entrust". Compare with "command"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/commend

Merriam-Webster:

commend

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French comander, from Latin commendare, from com- + mandare to entrust

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/commend

Encarta Dictionary:

commend | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin commendare "entrust completely" from mandare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598907​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

commend | commends [plural] | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "commend"

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Collins Dictionary:

commend

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "commend"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

commend [transitive, formal] | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "commend"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

commend [transitive, formal] | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "commend"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/commend

Cambridge Dictionary:

commend

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "commend"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "commend"

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the Free Dictionary:

commend

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "commend"

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Google Dictionary:

commend | commended [past tense] | commending [present participle] | commends [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "commend"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

commend

Audio: North American pronunciation of "commend"

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YourDictionary Audio:

commend

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freedictionary.org:

commend

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