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.

Definitions of commend
  1. verb
    present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
    “His paintings commend him to the artistic world”
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    type of:
    portray, present
    represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
  2. verb
    express a good opinion of
    synonyms: recommend
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    type of:
    praise
    express approval of
  3. verb
    express approval of
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    type of:
    praise
    express approval of
  4. verb
    mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
    synonyms: remember
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    type of:
    advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
    make reference to
  5. verb
    give to in charge
    “I commend my children to you”
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    type of:
    commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
    confer a trust upon
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