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.
Recent Examples on the Web Yellowday received a commendation from Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng on Friday, praising his actions in helping find and return the rings to the jeweler. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 24 Apr. 2021 The creative director was venerated with a commendation from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and a proclamation from Mayor Sylvester Turner, making May 14 officially IYO Day. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 17 May 2021 The proclamation and naming honor isn’t his first commendation from the city as Green was named 2007 Franklin Person of the Year by Community Newspapers, Inc. (now known as Now News Group). Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2021 After all, her tenacity as a Latina in a cutthroat and uneven field merits huge commendation. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 The Goodwill team in Hurst later returned the cash to the donors, but DeLaPena was also rewarded with a bonus, as well as a commendation. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2021 The memorial contains the names in brass of all 100 sailors and seven marines who died in the battle, and is inscribed with a stirring commendation by Commander-in-Chief Franklin D. Roosevelt. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2021 Johnson has also been awarded a commendation by the Ohio House of Representatives for unprecedented excellence in banking, economic development, and business strategy. cleveland, 14 Mar. 2021 In fact, Feay said, her uncle’s service earned a commendation from then-Gen. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of commendation

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

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“Commendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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