com·​men·​da·​tion | \ ˌkä-mən-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce commendation (audio) , -ˌmen- \

Definition of commendation

1a : an act of commending
b : something (such as a formal citation) that commends
2 archaic : compliment

Examples of commendation in a Sentence

Their hard work deserves commendation. The President issued a commendation praising the volunteers for their exceptional work during the relief effort.
Recent Examples on the Web After another chorus by the school President Black delivered a short address to the graduating class and distributed the diplomas to the twenty-six graduates, making in each case and individual address of commendation and advice. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 Centennial continues: Ohio Rep. Monique Smith, D-6, plans to attend the next event for the centennial of Bay High School to share a commendation for the centennial on behalf of herself and Ohio House Speaker Robert Cupp. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 3 May 2022 The teen and Officer Garry Mercer have since been recognized by Mayor Billy Knight (D) with certificates of commendation. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 On Tuesday, the teen and the police officer received certificates of commendation from the city during its regular meeting. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 According to the outlet, the proud father wrote a letter of commendation for his son's rescue. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 11 July 2022 On Tuesday, Moss Point city officials presented Evans with a certificate of commendation for his heroism in rescuing the four people. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 6 July 2022 Police Chief Robert Butler presented March with a certificate of commendation last week for his distinguished service to the city. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 7 June 2022 Ian Chung is a model student worthy of commendation. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commendation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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9 Aug 2022

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“Commendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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com·​men·​da·​tion | \ ˌkä-mən-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce commendation (audio) \

Kids Definition of commendation

2 : an expression of approval The worker's supervisor wrote her a commendation.

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