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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Other prison staff echoed that view and over the years awarded Shell numerous commendations for his behavior. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Model inmate to be freed, decades ahead of his 80-to-life term for robberies," 29 Aug. 2019 Weather notwithstanding, hosting the MLS All-Star Game on a rainy Wednesday night was certainly a commendation to Orlando’s reputation as a soccer destination, but that reputation can only be enhanced and perpetuated by Orlando City. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City needs to build on soccer momentum created by MLS All-Star Game," 2 Aug. 2019 Lynn was an extremely accomplished trumpet player who received commendations from the General., "Lynn D. Lemieux," 10 July 2019 At the opening ceremony, Weddle received official commendations from Gov. Tony Evers, Mayor Tom Barrett and the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Part civic event and part block party, Juneteenth Day brings African American community together," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of commendation

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

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The first known use of commendation was in the 14th century

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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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