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 Maxey, who joined the department in 2000, earned a commendation from a deputy chief in 2002, according to his service record. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD identifies officers who fatally shot McHale Rose in May," 12 June 2020 The call included family from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia who prayed, told stories and included a prayer of commendation read by his youngest grandchild. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "David Stitt, a lifelong Dearborn resident died due to COVID-19 complications," 7 June 2020 He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry Badge and received numerous other commendations and awards, according to the FBI. Jason Meisner,, "With a background in public corruption, Chicago’s new FBI boss will get chance to make a mark in his native city," 12 Nov. 2019 Frank Cercos III, who is 72 and retired, will be at the award ceremony on Nov. 21 to watch the family baton get passed, and to see Edelman and Rosser receive the commendation — presented by local American Legion Post 456 — as well. Steve Rubenstein,, "For these San Francisco firefighters, bravery runs in the family," 20 Nov. 2019 This commendation is hardly surprising given how much Jojo shares with these other certified crowd-pleasers. John Semley, The New Republic, "JoJo Rabbit’s Satire Fail," 17 Oct. 2019 This drastic action by China, the largest market of pangolin in East Asia is getting commendation globally from wildlife conservationists. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "Despite coronavirus fears, Nigeria has taken no action to stop its pangolin trade," 23 Mar. 2020 Berea City Council and Mayor Cyril Kleem honored the team and its award-winning participants by presenting them with a resolution of commendation during council’s March 2 meeting. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea City Council honors middle school Model United Nations team," 6 Mar. 2020 The current chief gave him a similar commendation the following year. Jennifer Edwards Baker,, "UC cop charged with OVI investigated for previous incidents involving drinking," 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of commendation

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

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21 Jun 2020

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“Commendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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