- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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. Word Origin Middle English: from Latin commendare, from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare
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//