Definition of commendation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmenˈdeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmenˈdeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) praise; approval The film deserves the highest commendation.
  2. 2[countable] commendation (for something) an award or official statement giving public praise for somebody/something a commendation for bravery There were 16 prize winners and 18 commendations.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin commendatio(n-), from commendare ‘commit to the care of’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare ‘commit, entrust’. Originally (in the plural) the term denoted a form of worship in church ending with a prayer commending the souls of the dead to God.
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