Definition of commendation in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒmɛnˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Formal or official praise: the film deserved the highest commendation [count noun]: the book gives commendations for initiative
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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.
1.1 [count noun] An award given for very good performance: 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.
award, accolade, prize, honour, honourable mention, mention, citation, recognition;
pat on the back, round of applause
1.2 [count noun] A very good result in an examination or competition.
Example sentences
  • Prizes will also be awarded for commendations in several categories, including wildlife and built heritage.
  • Oisik has received a lot of commendations and won prizes for his efforts including The Hindu Young World regional contest on four occasions.
  • Prizes will also be awarded for commendations in each of the judging categories, wildlife, built heritage, litter and community input with special prizes for farming and tidy towns entrants.


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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