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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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TEI commends the Treasury Department for the issuance of the much improved regulations, particularly--
The Allied Pilots Association commends the court's decision to return Captain Lepore's and First Officer Paladino's passports and permit them to return to the United States.
Land O'Lakes commends the state government for putting resources into the legal challenge.
We commend the Montana Meth Project for mobilizing the citizens of Montana to rid their state of this destructive drug," Walters said.
Cooper Power Systems commends the state of Iowa for approving legislation encouraging utilities to take advantage of all of the safety, environmental and economic benefits that soy-based transformer fluids offer.
Frost & Sullivan's recent study, titled North American Hosted IP Telephony and VoIP Access Services Market, commends M5 Networks Inc.
The award commends BT's ability "to best perceive consumer needs, develop products/services that meet consumer needs, successfully introduce products/services to the industry and identify new market segments to expand the existing customer base.
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.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today commends the Department of Transportation Inspector General on the release of the Department's latest report, "Safety, Cost, and Operational Metrics of the Federal Aviation Administration's Visual Flight Rule Towers.
Chase also commends the Rhode Island Senate for its swift action to save auto leasing for Rhode Island consumers.
The high tech industry commends the Republican High Tech Task Force for its foresight and leadership on policy issues of critical importance to the industry.