Definition of commendation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkämənˈdāSH(ə)n/


1Praise: the film deserved the highest commendation commendations for their kindness
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  • Many braved the cold water for the first time; and they deserve particular credit and commendation.
  • The direction deserves commendation as do all the actors.
  • They deserve commendation and much thanks, especially as their work is all of a voluntary nature.
praise, congratulation, appreciation;
1.1An award involving special praise: the detectives received commendations for bravery
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  • He had received regular commendations for his performance both from the car manufacturers and customers.
  • An officer who plunged into the surf to save a drowning sailor has been awarded a commendation for his bravery.
  • He said the four pensioners acted with incredible bravery and deserved certificates of commendation from the court.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin commendatio(n-), from commendare 'commit to the care of' (see commend). Originally (in the plural) the term denoted a liturgical office ending with a prayer commending the souls of the dead to God.

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