Definition of commend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    commend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəˈmend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they commend
    BrE BrE//kəˈmend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmend//
     
    he / she / it commends
    BrE BrE//kəˈmendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmendz//
     
    past simple commended
    BrE BrE//kəˈmendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmendɪd//
     
    past participle commended
    BrE BrE//kəˈmendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmendɪd//
     
    -ing form commending
    BrE BrE//kəˈmendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmendɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1commend somebody (for something/for doing something) commend somebody (on something/on doing something) to praise somebody/something, especially publicly She was commended on her handling of the situation. His designs were highly commended by the judges (= they did not get a prize but they were especially praised).
  2. 2commend somebody/something (to somebody) (formal) to recommend somebody/something to somebody She is an excellent worker and I commend her to you without reservation. The movie has little to commend it (= it has few good qualities).
  3. 3commend itself to somebody (formal) if something commends itself to somebody, they approve of it His outspoken behaviour did not commend itself to his colleagues.
  4. 4commend somebody/something to somebody (formal) to give somebody/something to somebody in order to be taken care of We commend her soul to God.
  5. Word Origin Middle English: from Latin commendare, from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare ‘commit, entrust’. Compare with command.Extra examples His book was highly commended. She said she would commend the proposal to the Board. The proposed site has much to commend it. His designs were highly commended by the judges.
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