Etymology
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commend (v.)

mid-14c., comenden, "praise, mention approvingly," from Latin commendare "to commit to the care or keeping (of someone), to entrust to; to commit to writing;" hence "to set off, render agreeable, praise," from com-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see com-), + mandare "to commit to one's charge" (see mandate (n.)). A doublet of command.

Sense of "commit, deliver with confidence" in English is from late 14c. Meaning "bring to mind, send the greeting of" is from c. 1400. The "praise" sense is from the notion of "present as worthy of notice or regard;" also in some cases probably a shortening of recommend. Related: Commended; commending.

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Definitions of commend

commend (v.)
express approval of;
commend (v.)
present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence;
His paintings commend him to the artistic world
commend (v.)
give to in charge;
I commend my children to you
commend (v.)
express a good opinion of;
Synonyms: recommend
commend (v.)
mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship;
Synonyms: remember
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