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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
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