tr.v. com·mend·ed, com·mend·ing, com·mends
1. 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.
3. To commit to the care of another; entrust: commended the orphans to the care of a guardian.
[Middle English commenden, from Latin commendāre : com-, intensive pref.; see COM- + mandāre, to entrust; see man-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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