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 Normally, those awards wouldn’t go to different pitchers but the local BBWAA chapter decided no regular player distinguished himself enough to be named MVP, and that Burnes and Williams both performed well enough to merit commendation. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Corbin Burnes, Devin Williams receive Brewers' top individual awards for the 2020 season," 7 Oct. 2020 The police chief will consider annual performance evaluations and letters of commendation when evaluating a complaint made against a police officer. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville mayor, FOP agree on new police contract. Here's what's in the deal," 6 Oct. 2020 Wanda Wright read a commendation from Gov. Doug Ducey and presented an Arizona flag that flew over the state's capitol in Biggs's honor. Chloe Jones, The Arizona Republic, "Tuskegee Airman George Washington Biggs honored at funeral service," 3 Oct. 2020 Their sponsors and supporters deserve commendation for taking an important step toward protecting colleges and universities from Confucius Institutes. Rachelle Peterson, National Review, "An Important Step in the Fight to Ban Chinese Confucius Institutes," 19 Aug. 2020 Fortunately, Pierre got advance notice of the commendation and insisted that Marie share in the honor as well. Cristine Russell, Scientific American, "The Film Radioactive Shows how Marie Curie Was a "Woman of the Future."," 9 Aug. 2020 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

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First Known Use of commendation

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

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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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