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Commend, vb., 1) to recommend: “one by nature's outwards so --ed,” Compl. 80. “c. thy grievance to my holy prayers,” Gentl. I, 1, 17. “to c. their service to his will,” I, 3, 42. “under the colour of --ing him,” IV, 2, 3. “when to her beauty I c. my vows,” IV, 2, 3 Wiv. II, 1, 149. II, 2, 256. Merch. IV, 1, 143. Wint. II, 2, 36. H8 II, 3, 61. Troil. III, 3, 104. V, 5, 3. Cor. IV, 5, 150. Lr. II, 1, 116. Ant. IV, 8, 12. Cymb. I, 4, 32 etc.
2) to recommend to remembrance, to remember: “if thou seest her before me, c. me,” Wiv. I, 4, 168. “I'll c. you to my master,” Gentl. I, 1, 155. Wiv. II, 2, 95. Wiv. II, 2, 95 Meas. I, 4, 88. III, 2, 73. Ado I, 1, 278. LLL II, 180. Mids. III, 1, 190. Merch. IV, 1, 273. Shr. IV, 3, 170. All's II, 2, 68. John V, 4, 40. R2 I, 2, 62. H6C V, 2, 42. R3 III, 1, 181 etc. -- Reflectively: “--s himself most affectionately to you,” Troil. III, 1, 73. Usually the personal pronoun reflectively: “I c. me from our house in grief,” Lucr. 1308. “your friends are well and have them much --ed,” Gentl. II, 4, 123. “Antonio --s him to you,” Merch. III, 2, 235. As IV, 3, 92. R2 II, 1, 147. H4B II, 2, 136. III, 2, 66. H5 IV, 6, 3. R3 III, 2, 8. Hml. I, 5, 184. V, 2, 203 (In the first signification, to recommend, the full form of the reflective pronoun: Wiv. II, 2, 256. Troil. III, 3, 104. Lr. II, 1, 116). Misapplied: LLL I, 1, 188.
3) to praise: every one --ed the virtues of his own wife, Lucr. Arg. LLL I, 1, 188 “even so as foes c.” Sonn. 69, 4. “well learned is that tongue that well can thee c.” Pilgr. 64. Gentl. III, 1, 102. IV, 2, 40. Merch. IV, 1, 159. As II, 2, 12. IV, 3, 183. Shr. II, 176. All's IV, 3, 94. Tw. II, 5, 166. H4A II, 3, 22. H4B III, 2, 158. Caes. II, 1, 271. Mcb. IV, 1, 39. H6B V, 1, 54.
4) to commit, to deliver: “his eye --s the leading to his hand,” Lucr. 436. “I c. you to your own content,” Err. I, 2, 32. LLL I, 1, 234. “to her white hand see thou do c. this sealed-up counsel,” III, 169. “that thou c. it strangely to some place . . .,” Wint. II, 3, 182. “to the hazard of all incertainties himself --ed,” III, 2, 170. “c. them to her service,” IV, 4, 388. “c. these waters to those baby eyes,” John V, 2, 56. “his glittering arms he will c. to rust,” R2 III, 3, 116. “c. a secret to your ear,” H8 V, 1, 17. “--s the ingredients of our chalice to our own lips,” Mcb. I, 7, 11. “and so I do c. you to their backs,” III, 1, 39. “I did c. your highness' letters to them,” Lr. II, 4, 28. III, 1, 19. “c. unto his lips thy hand,” Ant. IV, 8, 23.
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