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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 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 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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'In that light, initiatives such as this one are highly commendable,' he said.
He said the strategy of federal ombudsman was commendable in that regard.
She also said that the reforms programme of the Punjab government under the supervision of Shehbaz Sharif was meeting wonderful successes.Speaking at the occasion, the chief minister said that Pakistan-UK relations were based on solid foundations and UK's cooperation in the health and education sectors was commendable.
It is worth commendable that under the Prime Minister's Youth Programme, mainstreaming of the youth which currently form about 28% of total population of Pakistan is being done through education, skill development, entrepreneurship , training, employment, engagement and empowerment besides sports and recreational facilities and pretty large number of students are benefitting under these initiatives.
In a series of tweets on Thursday morning, Modi termed free press as the"cornerstone of a vibrant democracy"and said that"the role of the media in giving voice to the voiceless is commendable".
There were many excellent performances and the children's composure and competitive spirit was commendable.
He said that organizations serving humanity are doing a commendable job.
Naidu while talking about the result, said: "ISM rejoices at this epoch making victory of its students and gratifies in the commendable performance of the students and the diligent work of the teachers who have carved a niche and added glory to the school."
Commendable Oral Presentation: Jesse Steinweg-Wood, Texas A&M University, "Wind Resource Assessment Utilizing Time-Averaged Community Earth System Model Data"
The #BRINGBACKOURGIRLs campaign backed by many celebrities and First Lady Michelle Obama is commendable and has done much to place the girls' plight on to the world stage.
He further stated that the efforts of SIMS and SSP are commendable.
"I think that's very commendable. You always feel proud of people who accept a legitimate punishment and that's why I said the action by Dublin and the player is really commendable."
Balakrishnan said on Friday that the state government had done a commendable job by keeping 51,000 people in the relief camps.
Master Carl Barrie congratulated, Liam Castell (11), Jordan Dempsey (12), Daniel Armstrong (12), Paul Wright (11) and Michael Ledshan-Jones (13) on their commendable achievements.
Efforts in this direction by governments are appreciable and commendable. The government should ensure availability of all infrastructure, including proper training and providing of proper guidelines required by the farmers to produce more to feed more.