rec·​om·​men·​da·​tion | \ ˌre-kə-mən-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce recommendation (audio) , -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 executive committee is expected to make its recommendation by the end of day Tuesday. John Wawrow And Stephen Whyno, Anchorage Daily News, "NHL, players’ union announce plan to resume play on Aug. 1," 7 July 2020 Four prosecutors on the case abruptly resigned in February when Attorney General William P. Barr intervened to overrule their recommendation for a tough seven- to nine-year sentence. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "Citing pandemic, prosecutors back a 60-day delay for Roger Stone to report to prison," 26 June 2020 Its findings were presented to an administrative judge, who made the recommendation that prompted the NYPD to terminate Pantaleo without pension. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "When it comes to policing the police, strong watchdogs are the exception," 25 June 2020 But the Justice Department backed away from that recommendation – an unusual move that comes after Trump's public criticism of the sentence. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Career Justice Department attorneys to tell Congress leadership abused its power in Roger Stone case, other investigations," 24 June 2020 The arbitrator recommended termination after lengthy hearings and the police commissioner at the time followed that recommendation. CBS News, "A Buffalo police officer says she stopped a fellow cop's chokehold on a black suspect. She was fired.," 19 June 2020 Many Americans have embraced health officials' recommendation to wear masks in public, but those who refuse to mask up are likely to encounter increasing pressure in the coming weeks and months. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Some Americans refuse to mask up. Rules, fines and free masks will change that, experts say.," 13 July 2020 Then Attorney General Bill Barr and the Justice Department’s upper ranks intervened on Stone’s behalf, withdrawing that recommendation and submitting a far more lenient one in its place. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Most Corrupt President in American History," 11 July 2020 Additionally, the event producer says everyone over the age of 2 is asked to follow the CDC recommendation and wear a cloth face-covering in public settings when around people outside of their household. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "A concert in your car? Tailgate entertainment is headed to Louisville. Here's how it works," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of recommendation

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

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“Recommendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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
chiefly US : 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 How to pronounce recommendation (audio) \

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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