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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Actually, that is the decor every day, for the home in which Jerry and Jana Kyser dwell bursts with photos, commendations, medals, flags, and other symbols of their patriotism. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: The heart and muscle behind Honor Flight Twin Cities," 4 July 2019 Monte Sereno recognized Shelly Barsanti for her leadership role, and the city of Saratoga gave commendations to Tina Kellogg, Pam Dunnett, Heather Duffy and Courageous Kids Day founder Gay Crawford. Debby Rice, The Mercury News, "Summer activities heat up in the West Valley," 16 June 2019 The awards ceremony takes place every fall, but now’s the time to nominate a neighbor whose efforts on behalf of the public at large (and the planet) deserve commendation. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 CAMBRIAN>>At the San Jose City Council’s regular meeting earlier this month, District 9 Councilmember Pam Foley, who represents the Cambrian neighborhood, presented a commendation to local transit advocate Monica Mallon for her efforts. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "San Jose community briefs for the week of June 21," 20 June 2019 Ahead of her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the third season of The Crown, actress Olivia Colman has received a rare royal commendation from the British monarch. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Bestowed a Rare Honor on The Crown Actress Olivia Colman," 10 June 2019 The developer submitted a letter of approval from the local block club Friday, prompting a commendation from Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, who represents the neighborhood. Jordyn Grzelewski,, "Tremont’s Electric Gardens development moves forward with nod from planning commission," 7 June 2019 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

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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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