commend

Have you ever shouted "Bravo!" at the end of a play or cooed "Good boy!" to the dog when he followed a command? Then you know how to commend someone — in other words, to express approval aloud.

The most common meaning of commend is "to compliment." You commend someone when you tell them "Well done!" You can even say "I commend you on your hard work." Back in the days of Charles Dickens, commend often meant to put (someone or something) in the hands of someone else for safekeeping. Case in point: David Copperfield was out of luck when his cruel stepdad commended him to the equally cruel schoolmaster Mr. Creakle at Salem house.

Primary Meanings of commend

1.
v
present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
2.
v
give to in charge
Full Definitions of commend
1

v present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence

“His paintings commend him to the artistic world”
Type of:
portray, present
represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

v express a good opinion of

Synonyms:
recommend
Type of:
praise
express approval of

v express approval of

Type of:
praise
express approval of

v mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship

Synonyms:
remember
Type of:
advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to
2

v give to in charge

“I commend my children to you”
Type of:
commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
confer a trust upon

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