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 informative article...

[V n for/on n/-ing] The book was widely commended for its candour...

[V n] The reports commend her bravery...

[V n] His actions were commended by the Jury.

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commendation [[t]kɒ̱mende͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] plural N-COUNT

The Company received a commendation from the Royal Society of Arts.

2) VERB If someone commends a person or thing to you, they tell you that you will find them good or useful. [FORMAL]

[V n to n] I can commend it to him as a realistic course of action.

3) VERB If something commends itself to you, you approve of it. [FORMAL]

[V pron-refl to n] The Rousseau model commended itself to a lot of early socialists.

4) PHRASE: usu v PHR pron If you say that something has much to commend it, you approve of it. If you say that something has little to commend it, you disapprove of it. [FORMAL]

The Prime Minister's initiative has much to commend it.

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