- An example of commend is giving someone an excellent job reference.
- An example of commend is to turn over the care of a elderly parent to a nursing home.
The definition of commend means to recommend or praise someone or leave someone in the care of another.
- to put in the care of another; entrust
- to mention as worthy of attention; recommend
- to express approval of; praise
- Archaic to transmit the kind regards of
Origin of commendMiddle English commenden from Classical Latin commendare, to entrust to, commend from com-, intensive + mandare, to commit to one's charge: see mandate
transitive verbcom·mend·ed, com·mend·ing, com·mends
- To express approval of; praise: commended the volunteers for their hard work. See Synonyms at praise.
- a. To represent as worthy, qualified, or desirable; recommend: I commend her book to you.b. To cause to be worthy of recommendation: There is much about her book to commend it.
- To commit to the care of another; entrust: commended the orphans to the care of a guardian.
Origin of commendMiddle English commenden from Latin commendāre com- intensive pref. ; see com- . mandāre to entrust ; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present commends, present participle commending, simple past and past participle commended)