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

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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.

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In response to a freedom of information request, the city provided records from Scirpo’s personnel file that show commendations and citations for his service. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Sergeant Out On Paid Leave, Police Conducting Internal Investigation," 9 June 2018 Some North Korean participants, who are reportedly chosen for the reunions based on their loyalty to their authoritarian rulers, were eager to show their government commendations to their South Korean relatives. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Separated Korean families have 2nd day of emotional reunions," 21 Aug. 2018 One person who deserves commendation is D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "An Alt-Right No-Show," 13 Aug. 2018 Two smaller points of commendation: the LCD2 Classics emit zero creaks and, in their mostly metal construction, seem likely to last for a very long time. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audeze LCD2 Classic review: these cans will turn you into an audiophile," 3 Aug. 2018 Two commendations were given for helping prevent people from jumping off the Arrigoni Bridge in 2005 and 2009. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Sergeant Out On Paid Leave, Police Conducting Internal Investigation," 9 June 2018 Turpin exhibits impressive skills when dealing with the public, which is proven by the numerous notes, cards and commendations sent in from citizens commending his courtesy and professionalism while enforcing laws, LaChasse added. Joyce Rudolph,, "Community: Entities prove service to community is top priority," 27 Mar. 2018 Christian Daly, assistant field deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, presented the co-chairs and Hillsides with County of Los Angeles commendations. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: ‘La Nuit des Rêves’ raises more than $400,000 for Hillsides’ work with children, families," 12 Mar. 2018 Here’s the back story according to Bervine, who notes that Galanti was SEPTA’s 2012 Officer of the Year and has received two commendations of merit: In 2015, K-9 officers were directed to update their uniforms and wear the same-style jackets. Stu Bykofsky,, "The story behind a SEPTA cop and K-9's separation | Stu Bykofsky," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of commendation

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

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English Language Learners Definition of commendation

: the act of praising or approving of someone or something
: something (such as an official letter) that praises someone publicly


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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