Definition for COM-MEND'

COM-MEND', v.t. [L. commendo; con. and mando; It. commendare; Port. encommendar; Fr. recommander; Sp. comandar, to command, and formerly to commend. This is the same word as command, differently applied. The primary sense is, to send to or throw; hence, to charge, bid, desire, or entreat.]

  1. To represent as worthy of notice, regard, or kindness; to speak in favor of; to recommend. I commend to you Phebe our sister. – Rom. xvi.
  2. To commit; to intrust or give in charge. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. – Luke xxiii.
  3. To praise; to mention with approbation. The princes commended Sarai before Pharaoh. The Lord commended the unjust steward. – Bible.
  4. To make acceptable or more acceptable. But meat commendeth us not to God. 1 Cor. viii.
  5. To produce or present to favorable notice. The chorus had an occasion of commending their voices to the king. – Dryden.
  6. To send or bear to. These draw the chariot which Latinus sends, / And the rich present to the prince commends. – Dryden.

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