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commend (someone) for (something)

To compliment or praise someone for something that they have done. I have to commend you for your extraordinary bravery in a dangerous situation. I'm sure all of the people you rescued from the fire see you as a hero.
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commend (one) to (someone or something)

To speak favorably of someone to another person or group. I commended Jeff to the award selection committee because his extraordinary bravery in rescuing all of those people from the apartment fire deserves to be recognized.
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commend someone for something

to praise someone for doing something. The committee commended Ralph for his good work.
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commend someone or something to someone or something

to recommend or speak well of someone to someone or a group. I commend Walter to your organization. He would make a fine employee. We commended your organization to Martha, who may wish to become a member.
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With incorporation into Genetec Security Center, a unified security platform that seamlessly blends IP security surveillance systems within a single intuitive interface, the Commend intercom control systems will enable Genetec end-users to install useful VOIP and analog intercom and video connectivity within any facility.
Betrayed, convicted on the flimsiest of evidence, abandoned by his friends, and left absolutely alone--under such circumstances, how did he dare to say, "Into your hands I commend my spirit"?
Much has changed in the world of cross-border transactions since then, and TEI commends the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service for attempting to bring the rules more in line with today's global economy.
Again, we commend the government for the taking the first step in eliminating a tax on investment that hinders the creation of new jobs in Canada.
Drug Czar John Walters Commends Program's Innovative Approach to Drug Prevention
It's just right we should commend people and focus on the positive,'' Kroeker said.
Fry, president and chief operating officer of Sharon Steel, said, "I commend Casey for his efforts on behalf of Sharon Steel.
We commend the state government for encouraging other utilities to follow Waverly's lead.
Secretary of State Colin Powell commended IEW, saying, "Celebrated worldwide, IEW provides an opportunity to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange; to express appreciation for students and scholars who study and teach here; and to commend the millions of people who build and strengthen bridges of international understanding by organizing and participating in exchange programs.
I commend Rite Track for the success they have found in an increasingly competitive and technology-based economy," said State Development Director Bruce Johnson.
The award further commends the recipient's combination of courageous innovation and keen marketing strategies to deliver leading-edge technology at highly competitive prices to its customers.