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1. The act of commending.
2. Something, especially an official award or citation, that commends.


1. the act or an instance of commending; praise
2. an award


(ˌkɒm ənˈdeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of commending; recommendation; praise.
2. something that commends, as a formal recommendation or an official citation.
[1175–1225; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin]



(See also FLATTERY.)

blurb A short, often witty, advertisement or laudatory recommendation; a descriptive paragraph on a book jacket; a squib or plug. The American humorist and illustrator F. Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) coined the term in 1907 when he humorously dubbed the alluring woman adorning a comic book jacket Miss Blinda Blurb. Today, the term is commonly applied to short radio and television advertisements as well as to the descriptive paragraphs on book jackets.

hats off A command to pay respect; a cheer or call to honor or salute a person, a noble ideal, etc. This expression dates from the mid-19th century and is said to derive from the custom of removing one’s hat as a sign of respect or deference.

“Hats off to them.” “Yes, of course. Hats off to all the dead.” (M. Farhi, Pleasure of Your Death, 1972)

See also cap in hand, DEFERENCE.

praise from Sir Hubert The highest compliment; the greatest possible praise. This expression, now languishing in oblivion, originated in Thomas Morton’s comedy A Cure for the Heartache (1797):

Approbation from Sir Hubert Stanley is praise indeed.

take one’s hat off to To recognize the preeminent achievements of another; to praise or extol the superlative accomplishments of another. This common expression is derived from the custom of removing one’s hat as a sign of respect.

We should take off our hats to them and wish them godspeed. (Harper’s Magazine, June, 1886)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commendation - an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statementcommendation - an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
accolade, honor, laurels, honour, award - a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an award for bravery"
2.commendation - a message expressing a favorable opinioncommendation - a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
approbation - official recognition or approval
imprimatur, sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant - formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
credit, recognition - approval; "give her recognition for trying"; "he was given credit for his work"; "give her credit for trying"
secret approval, tacit consent, connivance - (law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing
permission - approval to do something; "he asked permission to leave"
encouragement - the expression of approval and support
acclaim, acclamation, eclat, plaudit, plaudits - enthusiastic approval; "the book met with modest acclaim"; "he acknowledged the plaudits of the crowd"; "they gave him more eclat than he really deserved"
applause, clapping, hand clapping - a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
cheer - a cry or shout of approval
congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise - an expression of approval and commendation; "he always appreciated praise for his work"
tribute, testimonial - something given or done as an expression of esteem


noun praise, credit, approval, acclaim, encouragement, Brownie points, approbation, acclamation, good opinion, panegyric, encomium Both teams deserve commendation for their performance.


2. An expression of admiration or congratulation:
compliment, congratulation (often used in plural), praise, tribute.
مَديح، إطْراء
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[ˌkɒmenˈdeɪʃən] N
1. (= praise) → elogio m, encomio m (Mil) → distinción f
2. (= recommendation) → recomendación f


[ˌkɒmɛnˈdeɪʃən] n
(= praise) → éloge m


n (no pl: = praise) → Lob nt; (= award)Auszeichnung f; (= official recognition)Belobigung f


[ˌkɒmɛnˈdeɪʃn] n (for bravery) → encomio, lode f; (recommendation) → raccomandazione f


(kəˈmend) verb
1. to praise. His ability was commended.
2. to give (someone or something) to be looked after. I commend him to your care.
comˈmendable adjective
praiseworthy. His courage during the storm was commendable.
ˌcommenˈdation (ko-) noun
References in classic literature ?
for she had thought that no one saw and appreciated her efforts to be good, and this assurance was doubly precious, doubly encouraging, because unexpected and from the person whose commendation she most valued.
looked at each other in commendation of the speaker.
If Missis was willin, I'd go with Sam tomorrow morning, if Missis would write my pass, and write me a commendation.
Emma knew what was coming; they must have the letter over again, and settle how long he had been gone, and how much he was engaged in company, and what a favourite he was wherever he went, and how full the Master of the Ceremonies' ball had been; and she went through it very well, with all the interest and all the commendation that could be requisite, and always putting forward to prevent Harriet's being obliged to say a word.
I am sure," replied Elinor, with a smile, "that his dearest friends could not be dissatisfied with such commendation as that.
I expressed my sense of this commendation, and said I was very sorry we were going to lose one another.
The better for thee, if it prove so,'' said the Preceptor; ``if no champion appears, it is not by thy means that this unlucky damsel shall die, but by the doom of the Grand Master, with whom rests all the blame, and who will count that blame for praise and commendation.
The poor gentleman has no way of showing that he is a gentleman but by virtue, by being affable, well-bred, courteous, gentle-mannered, and kindly, not haughty, arrogant, or censorious, but above all by being charitable; for by two maravedis given with a cheerful heart to the poor, he will show himself as generous as he who distributes alms with bell-ringing, and no one that perceives him to be endowed with the virtues I have named, even though he know him not, will fail to recognise and set him down as one of good blood; and it would be strange were it not so; praise has ever been the reward of virtue, and those who are virtuous cannot fail to receive commendation.
If the justness of this observation be admitted, the mode of appointing the officers of the United States contained in the foregoing clauses, must, when examined, be allowed to be entitled to particular commendation.
Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl, and their brother felt authorized by such commendation to think of her as he chose.
In short, I was flattered; for, it must be confessed, the commendation of even a fool is grateful.
I answered politely, and then wondered how so coarse and clumsy an old woman as the one before me should be at the head of a ladies' seminary, which I had always heard spoken of in terms of high commendation.