- IPA: /kəˈmɛnd/
commend (commends, present participle commending; past and past participle commended)
- (transitive) To congratulate or reward.
- The schoolboy was commended for raising the alarm about the burning building.
- (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: Printed for 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.
- (transitive) To entrust or commit to the care of someone else.
- (transitive) To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and goodwill.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Commend me to my brother.
- (transitive) To recommend.
- Among the objects of knowledge, two especially commend themselves to our contemplation.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Romans 16:1 ↗:
- I commend vnto you Phebe our sister, which is a seruant of the Church which is at Cenchrea:
- (transitive, dated) To adorn; to set off.
- French: féliciter
- German: belobigen, beglückwünschen
- Italian: encomiare
- Portuguese: parabenizar, recompensar
- Russian: поздравлять
- French: recommander
- German: anvertrauen, vertrauensvoll überlassen, betrauen, anbefehlen, anempfehlen
- Italian: affidare, raccomandare
- Portuguese: recomendar
- Russian: предава́ть
commend (plural commends)
- (obsolete) Commendation; praise.
- c. 1607–1608, William Shakeſpeare, The Late, And much admired Play, Called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. […], London: Imprinted at London for Henry Goſſon, […], published 1609, OCLC 78596089 ↗, [Act 27, scene he had need meane better, then his outward ſhew
can any way ſpeake in his iuſt commend:]:
- (obsolete, in the plural) Compliments; greetings.
- Hearty commends and much endeared love to you.