Definition of highly commended in English:

highly commended

phrase

British
  • Failing to win a prize but nevertheless considered meritorious.

    ‘the winner gets £2,000, and two other projects will be highly commended’
    • ‘Ingleton's St Mary's churchyard was also highly commended.’
    • ‘We would have been happy to get highly commended but this result is tremendous and the lads can feel proud.’
    • ‘The firm was also highly commended for its Travelnews publication, produced and delivered in conjunction with the Bolton Evening News.’
    • ‘Dean attained first prize in his section, while Shane's work was highly commended by the judges.’
    • ‘It faced competition from specialist firms from around the globe, but still walked away with two golds, one silver, two bronzes and three highly commended awards.’
    • ‘Craig, 25, was highly commended in the weekly newspaper reporter of the year section at the Newsquest Editorial Awards.’
    • ‘He added there had been a lot of preparation work and praised local schoolchildren who were highly commended for their debut in the young persons category.’
    • ‘The adjudicator - Sean Clerkin was so impressed that he expressed a desire to give all the commended and highly commended poets a cash prize.’
    • ‘‘She was highly commended by school inspectors and was a first class teacher and a lovely person,’ said Mrs Jones.’
    • ‘Although she missed out on the top prize, she was highly commended for her enthusiasm and drive by the judges.’