Definition of commendation in English:



mass noun
  • 1Formal or official praise.

    ‘the film deserved the highest commendation’
    count noun ‘the book gives commendations for initiative’
    • ‘As a supporter of all that's low-key, I think the curators deserve commendation for this.’
    • ‘There are men who crave the approval and commendation of those in positions of authority.’
    • ‘I will list it if somebody else writes to commend it, and I agree with their commendation.’
    • ‘However, all the women deserve commendation for playing well against more experienced opposition.’
    • ‘The Minister may well commend the report, but I cannot support his commendation.’
    • ‘As a community we owe these workers a huge thank you and commendation.’
    • ‘This was a richly deserved commendation and Helen can be proud of her performance.’
    • ‘Either way, they are very good at it, and deserve commendation for a job well done.’
    • ‘He should be getting letters of commendation, not threats.’
    • ‘They deserve commendation and much thanks, especially as their work is all of a voluntary nature.’
    • ‘And Ross himself deserves special commendation for producing such a revealing record of these efforts.’
    • ‘In a proper case I do not consider that that is a ground for criticism but for commendation.’
    • ‘Still, someone who can and does stand up to those who are twice his size deserve commendation and reward.’
    • ‘‘Surely, this is good development by all standards and Government deserves commendation for facilitating it,’ Mr Mubanga said.’
    • ‘Jenny deserves commendation for her involvement with this very worthy cause.’
    • ‘The direction deserves commendation as do all the actors.’
    • ‘This is no mean achievement, but one deserving due commendation.’
    • ‘Many braved the cold water for the first time; and they deserve particular credit and commendation.’
    • ‘The cinematic look of the film deserves commendation alone and the director is a talent to look out for.’
    • ‘His selfless actions are deserving of the highest commendation.’
    praise, congratulation, appreciation, thanks
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    1. 1.1count noun An award given for very good performance.
      ‘the detectives received commendations for bravery’
      • ‘He said the four pensioners acted with incredible bravery and deserved certificates of commendation from the court.’
      • ‘An officer who plunged into the surf to save a drowning sailor has been awarded a commendation for his bravery.’
      • ‘The commendations are awarded for those who go beyond the call of duty to make the railway a safer environment.’
      • ‘A local police officer has been awarded a commendation for bravery after wrestling a gun from a man in a casino last April.’
      • ‘A Royal Marine who showed ‘outstanding courage’ in disposing of a live mortar shell on the remote island of St Helena has been awarded a commendation from the Second Sea Lord.’
      • ‘I think Rick Wallace deserves some sort of commendation for bringing attention to this serious security oversight.’
      • ‘Many of these soldiers received commendations for bravery.’
      • ‘Two staff members received commendations for their bravery in extricating a youth from serious violence, while at the same taking several other youths to court hearings.’
      • ‘Chef Dane Turner is to receive a bravery commendation after wrestling a drunken, gun-wielding man to the floor of his kitchen.’
      • ‘The officer was awarded a commendation for his courage and bravery after saving a man who jumped on to the rail tracks.’
      • ‘Ten West Yorkshire firefighters will receive commendations for bravery after rescuing a three-year-old boy.’
      • ‘Loudon was awarded with a commendation for his bravery just over a week ago, after he jumped into the sea to help a man in November.’
      • ‘He spoke of Mr Miller's bravery and how he received a commendation for his part in the rescue of three people trapped in a burning building.’
      • ‘Afterwards, Mr Appleby, who was awarded a police commendation for tackling a gang of teenagers when he was 68, said he was astonished at the way he had been treated.’
      • ‘Her awards and commendations went up on the wall, along with a few photos.’
      • ‘He had received regular commendations for his performance both from the car manufacturers and customers.’
      • ‘The widow of a North Yorkshire policeman killed in a road accident proudly received a commendation for her husband's bravery in arresting an armed burglar.’
      • ‘This becomes an accomplishment that deserves commendation.’
      • ‘It deserves all the awards and commendations it has received in the past year.’
      • ‘The commendations awarded to his officers publicly recognise that they have not only met these challenges but surpassed expectations.’
      award, accolade, prize, honour, honourable mention, mention, citation, recognition
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    2. 1.2count noun A very good result in an examination or competition.
      • ‘Prizes will also be awarded for commendations in several categories, including wildlife and built heritage.’
      • ‘Several projects also received commendations in the awards program.’
      • ‘In the end, we chose four award winners: three schemes were awarded special commendations, and eight further ones were commended.’
      • ‘He said it was very rare to award commendations, with only one or two given in the region each year.’
      • ‘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.