rec·om·men·da·tion | \ˌre-kə-mən-ˈdā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Definition of recommendation 

1a : the act of recommending

b : something (such as a procedure) recommended

2 : something that recommends or expresses commendation

Examples of recommendation in a Sentence

My boss wrote me a glowing letter of recommendation. Employees are frequently hired on the recommendation of a friend in the company. The report made very specific recommendations for policy reform. The committee's recommendation to hire a new director has been well received.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The Civilian Review Board’s recommendations to police are not binding and are rarely heeded. Jessica Anderson,, "Panel reviewing police civilian oversight calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'," 13 July 2018 Trump’s order does not track the Calabresi recommendation. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Nudged by SCOTUS, Trump Takes Control of Hundreds of Federal Agency Judges," 11 July 2018 Her tenure was immediately consumed by the fallout from Fowler's allegations, revamping the ride-sharing giant's culture and implementing the 47 recommendations made by former Atty. Hamza Shaban And Jena Mcgregor,, "Uber's HR chief resigns, reportedly after discrimination investigation," 11 July 2018 Federal attorneys noted Austin police had implemented nearly all the earlier recommendations. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s just a doer’: Meet Seattle police-chief candidate Ely Reyes," 9 July 2018 The congressman would not reveal the letter’s author, most probably E. D. Cope, the missive a ploy by Hayden’s people to sow doubt about the Academy’s recommendations. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 As a result, some people grew skeptical of the long-standing recommendation to limit saturated fat in an effort to reduce the risk of heart disease. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Red, white and blue cookies are a patriotic and healthy treat for the holiday," 2 July 2018 The report includes many recommendations for improvement, including increasing the amount of relief supplies staged in remote locations, and being better prepared to deploy staff members to disaster zones. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 City staff plans to return with recommendations for the City Council in the fall. David Hernandez,, "National City to move forward with plans for community gardens," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of recommendation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of recommendation

: the act of saying that someone or something is good and deserves to be chosen

: a suggestion about what should be done

: a formal letter that explains why a person is appropriate or qualified for a particular job, school, etc.


rec·om·men·da·tion | \ˌre-kə-mən-ˈdā-shən \

Kids Definition of recommendation

1 : the act of presenting or supporting as worthy or fit I picked this book on your recommendation.

2 : a thing or course of action suggested as suitable or appropriate The doctor's recommendation was to rest.

3 : something (as a letter) that explains why a person is appropriate or qualified

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