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commend, recommend, applaud, compliment are comparable when they mean to voice or otherwise manifest to others one's warm approval.
Commend usually implies judicious or restrained praise, but it suggests as its motive a desire to call attention to the merits of a person or a thing
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the police commissioner publicly commended the officers who made the arrest

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his wife seriously commended Mr. Collins for having spoken so sensibly— Austen

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it is always dangerous and impertinent to commend a poem for anything but its poetry— Day Lewis

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embodying in his work the qualities of righteousness which will commend it to men of other times and places— Coheri

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Recommend adds to commend the implication of offering something that is praised for acceptance, use, or employment by another
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the physician recommended the treatment of bruises with alternating cold and hot applications

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his present employers highly recommended him to his prospective employers

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for a spare hour, I can recommend no more diverting pursuit— Skinner

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Applaud implies an enthusiastic expression of approval; it usually suggests approval by a large number of persons or by the public
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the president was applauded for his closing of all banks in the crisis

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everybody applauded the mayor's proposed entertainment, especially when it became known that he meant to pay for it all himself— Hardy

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Compliment stresses either courtesy in the commendation or, sometimes, flattery in the manner or words of praise
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the visitors to the convention complimented the townspeople on the arrangements made for their comfort

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"Marvelous cognac this, madame!" It was the first time it had ever been so complimented, and Madame Defarge knew enough of its antecedents to know better— Dickens

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Analogous words: *praise, laud, extol, eulogize, acclaim
Antonyms: censure: admonish
Contrasted words: *criticize, reprehend, reprobate, blame: *reprove, reproach, rebuke, reprimand, chide

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  • Commend — Com*mend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Commended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commending}.] [L. commendare; com + mandare to intrust to one s charge, enjoin, command. Cf. {Command}, {Mandate}.] 1. To commit, intrust, or give in charge for care or preservation.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commend — Com*mend , n. 1. Commendation; praise. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Speak in his just commend. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Compliments; greetings. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Hearty commends and much endeared love to you. Howell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commend — [v1] recommend, praise acclaim, accredit, advocate, applaud, approve, boost, build, build up, compliment, countenance, endorse, eulogize, extol, give a posy*, gold star*, hail, hand it to*, hats off to*, hear it for*, kudize, laud, pat on the… …   New thesaurus

  • commend — ► VERB 1) praise formally or officially. 2) present as suitable or good; recommend. 3) (commend to) archaic or formal entrust to. DERIVATIVES commendation noun commendatory adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • commend — [kə mend′] vt. [ME commenden < L commendare, to entrust to, commend < com , intens. + mandare, to commit to one s charge: see MANDATE] 1. to put in the care of another; entrust 2. to mention as worthy of attention; recommend 3. to express… …   English World dictionary

  • commend — index advocate, confirm, counsel, countenance, endorse, honor, indorse, recommend Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • commend — mid 14c., comenden, from L. 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 , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + mandare to commit to one s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • commend — [[t]kəme̱nd[/t]] commends, commending, commended 1) VERB If you commend someone or something, you praise them formally. [FORMAL] [V n for/on n/ ing] I commended her for that action... [V n for/on n/ ing] I commend Ms. Orth on writing such an… …   English dictionary

  • commend — v. 1) to commend highly 2) (formal) (B) I can commend him to you 3) (D; tr.) to commend for (she was commended for bravery) * * * [kə mend] (formal) (B) I can commend him to you to commend highly (D; tr.) to commend for (she was commended for… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • commend — com|mend [kəˈmend] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: commendare, from com ( COM ) + mandare to give over to someone ] 1.) to praise or approve of someone or something publicly commend sb for sth ▪ Inspector Marshall was commended… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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