Definition of commend in English:



  • 1Praise formally or officially.

    ‘he was commended by the judge for his courageous actions’
    • ‘He should be commended and judges in other former dictatorships should follow his lead.’
    • ‘The judge surprisingly commends him for his fine civic performance and bids him continue with his good work.’
    • ‘Restored Victorian buildings and innovative new designs have been officially commended in a town watchdog's annual awards.’
    • ‘A York youngster who helped to rescue a woman from a burning flat has been commended for his bravery by the city's most senior judge.’
    • ‘However, I think she holds her own well, and I commend her for taking a role in such a challenging film.’
    • ‘Senior control operators are now looking at the possibility of officially commending Fiona for her efforts.’
    • ‘I wanted to commend you on your excellent review of the film, and the moving artistic commentary.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I enjoy my job so it's an honour to be commended for doing something I love.’’
    • ‘An aspect commended and praised only last year by the senior chief inspector of schools, in a report on school standards.’
    • ‘The judge commended Hazel for the degree of detailed information in her project.’
    • ‘When good decisions are taken people get praised and they get commended, and rightly so.’
    • ‘Well done on a presentation of excellence - all involved are to be commended.’
    • ‘Stuart gave evidence at the trial and was commended by the judge for his ‘quite extraordinary’ actions.’
    • ‘The use of longer words is probably rewarded, praised or at least commended.’
    • ‘She commended the staff and students for their commitment to recycling.’
    • ‘I commend the Government and the officials responsible.’
    • ‘The film's cast is acquitted, and most are commended for fine work.’
    • ‘You've also been a great help and even an inspiration to many people, and I commend you and actually admire you for that.’
    • ‘Fire officers plan to officially commend Jonathan for his bravery.’
    • ‘Judge Hastie greeted me warmly in his chambers and commended me on my academic achievement.’
    praise, compliment, congratulate, applaud, clap, cheer, toast, salute, admire, honour, glorify, extol, eulogize, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, heap praise on, go into raptures about, wax lyrical about, speak highly of, look on with favour, pay homage to, pay tribute to, take one's hat off to, pat on the back
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  • 2Present as suitable for approval or acceptance; recommend.

    ‘I commend her to you without reservation’
    • ‘I commend the story to your attention, for no reason other than that I think it's funny.’
    • ‘Her gentle, good humoured and obliging nature, mild manner and unassuming disposition commended her to all fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.’
    • ‘Cynical consultants would expect the Department of Health to suggest such a move, but it is quite astonishing that the BMA should not just suggest but commend this to us and at standard rates of pay.’
    • ‘With that, I commend it very firmly to the Committee.’
    • ‘I thank the select committee for its consideration of the bill, and I commend the committee's report to the House.’
    • ‘This reviewer accepts that conclusion and commends the book to readers with three observations.’
    • ‘Your Honour, what has just fallen from your Honour is exactly what commended itself to the learned President.’
    • ‘A decision is expected to be made in early July when the Prime Minster commends his choice to the Queen.’
    • ‘I commend this motion to the House as a declaration of support for the McCartney family and their pursuit for justice.’
    • ‘I commend this bill, as reported back from the select committee, to the House.’
    • ‘But on the other hand, what commends us to God is not how good we are, because we just can't be good enough.’
    • ‘We commend our readers to the advertisement which appears in this issue.’
    • ‘I commend this suggestion to your readers, to the national park, and to the owners of the site.’
    • ‘It is not one that commended itself to the judge originally dealing with the paper application.’
    • ‘With those few remarks, I commend the revised Standing Orders and the committee's recommendation to this House.’
    • ‘We commend this constitution to the Prime Minister, his Cabinet, the opposition, the judiciary and all Government officials.’
    • ‘Your reviewer commends the book to the reader of these pages.’
    • ‘I applaud the work that has been done by the select committee, and I commend this work, as it is shaped, to the House.’
    • ‘We get to that point in racing that commends horses to us by their winning or at least giving it their best shot.’
    • ‘We commend the book to your attention and will provide our own take on it as soon as we have had a chance to read it.’
    recommend, suggest, put forward, propose, advance
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    1. 2.1Make (something) acceptable or pleasing.
      ‘the emphasis on peace will commend itself to all’
      ‘most one-roomed flats have little to commend them’
      • ‘It has a lot of opportunity and a lot to commend it.’
      • ‘Neither view commends itself very strongly to the present author.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the claims which the Secretary-General was making surely have quite a lot to commend them.’
      • ‘The red pulse of the watchtower/lighthouse glows over the darkening scene, and this is what particularly commended the setting to Jan Kott, at a past performance which began at dusk.’
  • 3formal, archaic Entrust someone or something to.

    ‘as they set out on their journey I commend them to your care’
    • ‘Mr. O'Neal thanked God for the life of the deceased and the service he rendered and commended his soul to God.’
    • ‘I was so hoping I was on my way out, that I commended my spirit to death and passed out.’
    • ‘And like untold hundreds of men and woman have done throughout the Conference's 57-year history, I closed my eyes, commended my soul to God, and accepted the invitation.’
    • ‘We commend Jim to these things, to a God who loves him and welcomes him home, to a God who loves us and welcomes us home.’
    • ‘In the case of the dead, we commend them to the mercy of God (as the Pope did) and ask that he judge them mercifully.’
    • ‘I commended my soul to God and said in a quaking voice, ‘Yes.’’
    • ‘There is something right about commending the body to the care of the earth, letting the earth from which we came work its quiet dissolution.’
    • ‘I commend the guidelines to you as a practical tool to assist you in preventing discrimination happening and for dealing with it if it does occur.’
    • ‘Farewell, Julia Child, I commend you to the place of happy memories for my generation, Rest In Peace.’
    • ‘At the end of Jesus' life his commended his spirit to God.’
    entrust, trust, deliver, commit, hand over, give, give over, turn over, consign, assign
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    1. 3.1Pass on someone's good wishes to.
      ‘commend me to my son, and bid him rule better than I’
      • ‘When her Son saw her and his other friends weeping with a tearful voice he commended her to John.’
      • ‘Please commend me to my cousin.’
      • ‘Let not my disappearance upset you at all, for I am hurrying off to commend you to Christ.’
      • ‘And for this I commend them to their station commander.’
      • ‘My dear and well beloved father, I commend me to you, doing you to wit that I have but a little while to go and am like within a short time with the grace of God to be delivered of child.’


  • highly commended

    • Failing to win a prize but nevertheless considered meritorious.

      ‘the winner gets £2,000, and two other projects will be highly commended’
      • ‘‘She was highly commended by school inspectors and was a first class teacher and a lovely person,’ said Mrs Jones.’
      • ‘We would have been happy to get highly commended but this result is tremendous and the lads can feel proud.’
      • ‘The adjudicator - Sean Clerkin was so impressed that he expressed a desire to give all the commended and highly commended poets a cash prize.’
      • ‘Ingleton's St Mary's churchyard was also highly commended.’
      • ‘He added there had been a lot of preparation work and praised local schoolchildren who were highly commended for their debut in the young persons category.’
      • ‘It faced competition from specialist firms from around the globe, but still walked away with two golds, one silver, two bronzes and three highly commended awards.’
      • ‘Although she missed out on the top prize, she was highly commended for her enthusiasm and drive by the judges.’
      • ‘Dean attained first prize in his section, while Shane's work was highly commended by the judges.’
      • ‘The firm was also highly commended for its Travelnews publication, produced and delivered in conjunction with the Bolton Evening News.’
      • ‘Craig, 25, was highly commended in the weekly newspaper reporter of the year section at the Newsquest Editorial Awards.’


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